Author: Chris Harlan


Albert Gallatin football team will leave WPIAL next season
October 18, 2018
After an 0-8 start to this football season, Albert Gallatin's school board decided to remove the school's team from WPIAL competition next year. WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley called the decision andquot;disappointing,andquot; but said it's each school's choice whether to request a schedule or not. O'Malley spoke Thursday with Albert

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Bethel Park, Peters Township chase conference title in unpredictable Allegheny Eight
In the span of four weeks, Peters Township lost by two points to Upper St. Clair, West Allegheny defeated USC by 17, and Peters Township defeated West A by 14. Throw in Bethel Park's one-point loss to West A and the result is essentially a four-way tie for first place

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WPIAL soccer pairings among Wednesday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
October 16, 2018
Combined, the West Allegheny, Franklin Regional and Mars boys soccer teams lost two games all season, but only one can earn a top seed. The WPIAL will reveal its boys and girls soccer playoff brackets Wednesday. The TribLive High School Sports Network will broadcast a live pairings show at 5:55

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WPIAL officials to issue findings report on Penn Hills’ complaints over Connellsville’s armed security guard
October 15, 2018
The Penn Hills and Connellsville administrations will receive a report Tuesday from the WPIAL, which looked into complaints that Connellsville's use of armed security was andquot;culturally insensitive.andquot; The WPIAL board discussed the issue Monday during an executive session at its monthly meeting in Green Tree. The board's findings will be

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WPIAL postpones girls team tennis quarterfinals
Rain forced the WPIAL to postpone all eight of Monday's girls tennis quarterfinals to Tuesday afternoon. Sites and times remain the same. In Class AA, Ellis School visits Sewickley Academy, Derry visits Greensburg Salem, Greensburg Central Catholic visits Beaver and Knoch plays Quaker Valley at Butler. In Class AAA, Mars

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North Allegheny, West A change plans, won’t use running clock to shorten football game
Stop the clock. North Allegheny and West Allegheny have scrapped their plans to shorten Friday's nonconference football game with a running clock. After clarifying the rules, the schools discovered that's not allowed, NA athletic director Bob Bozzuto said Monday night. The coaches could have agreed to shorten the length of

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WPIAL football rankings for Week of Oct. 14, 2018
October 13, 2018
WPIAL football Class 6A 1. Pine-Richland, 7-1, 1 2. North Allegheny, 8-0, 2 3. Central Catholic, 6-2, 3 4. Seneca Valley, 6-2, 4 5. Mt. Lebanon, 3-5, 5 Out: none Class 5A 1. Gateway, 8-0, 1 2. Penn Hills, 8-0, 2 3. Peters Township, 6-2, 3 4. West Allegheny, 6-1,

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5 things we learned in WPIAL Week 7
Nobody can say who holds the WPIAL single-game record for touchdowns, but Derry's Justin Flack became the latest to score eight. The senior had six rushing touchdowns, returned a kickoff 88 yards and scored on a 60-yard interception return in Friday night's 63-20 victory over Yough. His touchdown runs covered

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Belle Vernon loses quarterback to injury, defeats West Mifflin with run-heavy offense
October 12, 2018
As Belle Vernon quarterback Jared Hartman was stretchered off the field, tailback Mason Pascoe understood immediately what that meant for the offense. He and his linemen had better be ready. andquot;He's one of the leaders of our offense, one of the leaders of our team, and not having him really

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5 things to watch for Week 7 of high school football: Class 2A features several contenders
October 11, 2018
The WPIAL football committee might have trouble assembling the Class 5A playoff bracket and Class 4A could require work. But Class 2A looks like the toughest task with three undefeated teams and nine others with one conference loss. So the committee will have decisions to make. Win out, and Shady

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Belle Vernon, West Mifflin chase home playoff game in Big Eight clash
Belle Vernon's football team could spend the first weekend of November on the beach, the unofficial nickname given to their sand-colored home turf. With a win this week, the Leopards can start making plans for their beach party in the playoffs but West Mifflin may spoil their fun. The Big

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OLSH’s Tyler Bradley reaches 7,000 passing yards, 8th player in WPIAL history
October 9, 2018
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart quarterback Tyler Bradley surpassed 7,000 career passing yards on Friday, becoming only the eighth player in WPIAL history to reach the milestone. The senior has 7,189 career yards. Atop the WPIAL all-time passer list are South Fayette's Brett Brumbaugh (11,086 yards), Gateway's Brady Walker

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Mt. Lebanon, Sewickley Academy draw top seeds in WPIAL girls team tennis brackets
Mt. Lebanon in Class AAA and Sewickley Academy in AA drew top seeds in the WPIAL girls team tennis brackets revealed Tuesday. Mt. Lebanon tops the big-school field with Shady Side Academy seeded second in a tournament that starts Wednesday. The Class AAA first-round matches pair Mars at Fox Chapel,

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PIAA makes ‘big move in right direction,’ invites public school administrators to discuss playoffs
October 8, 2018
After months of conflict, the PIAA changed course and offered to meet with Laurel superintendent Leonard Rich and other public school administrators who are demanding separate playoffs for private schools. PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi reached out Friday and invited them to attend the PIAA competition committee meeting Nov. 14

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Five things we learned in Week 6: Jeannette, Clairton anticipating Week 9 meeting
October 6, 2018
In 19 days, Clairton visits Jeannette's McKee Stadium for a Week 9 rivalry game that could decide the Eastern Conference champion and probably the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL playoffs. The teams, which have combined for 22 WPIAL titles, showed again Friday night they're likely the best two teams

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WPIAL high school football rankings for week of Oct. 6, 2018
WPIAL football Class 6A 1. Pine-Richland, 6-1, 1 2. North Allegheny, 7-0, 2 3. Central Catholic, 5-2, 3 4. Seneca Valley, 5-2, 4 5. Mt. Lebanon, 3-4, 5 Out: none Class 5A 1. Gateway, 7-0, 1 2. Penn Hills, 7-0, 2 3. Peters Township, 5-2, 3 4. West Allegheny, 5-1,

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Clairton disrupts Imani Christian’s offense with 3 interceptions, 8 sacks in victory
October 5, 2018
Lined up deeper than usual in Clairton's secondary, safety Kenlein Ogletree's job was clear: Don't let any receivers get behind him. The easiest way, he found, was to catch the ball himself. The junior disrupted Imani Christian's big-play passing attack with three first-half interceptions while his teammates sacked Saints quarterback

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Serra Catholic, Brentwood switch site for Friday’s football game
October 4, 2018
Flooding forced Serra Catholic and Brentwood to switch the site for their football game Friday night. The Three Rivers Conference teams now will play at Brentwood, Serra athletic director Bill Cleary said. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Serra Catholic is 3-3 overall, 1-2 in the Class 2A conference. Brentwood is 3-3,

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5 things to watch for Week 6 of high school football: USC, Mt. Lebanon renew rivalry
Imagine a college football season without Michigan vs. Ohio State or another historic rivalry, and that's the equivalent of a WPIAL season without Upper St. Clair vs. Mt. Lebanon, said USC coach Jim Render. andquot;That game should always be on the schedule,andquot; Render said. andquot;You're talking about one of the

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PIAA overturns WPIAL decision, rules DeGregorio brothers eligible
The PIAA overturned a WPIAL decision Thursday and ruled North Catholic transfers Isaac and Owen DeGregorio eligible to play basketball for their father, highlighting a rules-interpretation disconnect between the two boards. The PIAA considered the WPIAL's interpretation too strict. andquot;You're trying to write general rules for 350,000 specific cases every

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Imani Christian seeks ‘elite’ status against Class A rival Clairton
James Franklin's post-game message hit home with Imani Christian's Ronnell Heard, who echoed the Penn State coach's thoughts about turning a andquot;greatandquot; program into an andquot;eliteandquot; one. andquot;I feel like we're right in that boat with Penn State,andquot; said Heard, Imani's coach, whose Saints were WPIAL runners-up last season. andquot;We're

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WPIAL high school football rankings for Week of Sept. 29, 2018
September 29, 2018
Class 6A Rank, team W-L Pvs. 1. Pine-Richland 5-1 1 2. North Allegheny 6-0 2 3. Central Catholic 4-2 3 4. Seneca Valley 4-2 4 5. Mt. Lebanon 3-3 5 Out: none Class 5A 1. Gateway 6-0 1 2.

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Five things we learned in Week 5 of H.S. football: Blowouts the norm
Quaker Valley accomplished a rare feat Friday, as did Indiana, West Allegheny and a half-dozen other WPIAL teams. They all celebrated close wins. Consider there

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Pine-Richland’s Luke Meckler scores 4 times in first quarter to defeat Central Catholic
September 28, 2018
Pine-Richland and Central Catholic created some extraordinary moments in Friday's first quarter, but in much different ways. Pine's Luke Meckler ran wild on nine carries

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Central Catholic, Pine-Richland renew rivalry with first-year starters at quarterback
September 27, 2018
Eric Kasperowicz has a simple message for his sophomore quarterback: Don't worry about being Phil Jurkovec. andquot;We talked about it at the beginning of the

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5 things to watch in Week 5 of high school football: 16 teams unbeaten at midway point
Sixteen teams remain undefeated as the WPIAL football regular season reaches the midway point. Some perfect starts aren't terribly surprising, such as Gateway's, Aliquippa's and

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WPIAL skips hearing, rules Freeport transfer Harley Holloway eligible
September 25, 2018
The WPIAL canceled Freeport transfer Harley Holloway's eligibility hearing and declared the basketball standout eligible Monday after her previous school withdrew its objection. Kiski Area

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WPIAL reaches conclusion in Connellsville-Penn Hills racial slur case
September 24, 2018
About two dozen school administrators, students, parents, athletic trainers, security personnel and community members from Connellsville and Penn Hills testified Monday at a WPIAL hearing

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WPIAL football rankings for week of Sept. 23, 2018
September 22, 2018
WPIAL football Class 6A 1. Pine-Richland 4-1 1 2. North Allegheny 5-0 2 3. Central Catholic 4-1 3 4. Seneca Valley 4-1 4 5. Mt.

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Five things we learned from Week 4 of high school football
Whether teams complete four quarters or only one, a WPIAL football game is official once coaches agree to halt the game. Whoever's ahead is the

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Lightning, thunder no match for No. 1 Aliquippa in victory over No. 5 Beaver Falls
September 21, 2018
Lightning, thunder and drenching rain stormed into Reeves Field on Friday night, briefly knocking out power to Geneva College's stadium. But, eventually, even the weather

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WPIAL football teams moving kickoff earlier with thunderstorms in Friday’s forecast
With thunderstorms in the forecast, some WPIAL football teams have moved Friday night's game to an earlier start time. Among the first to change kickoff:

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Undefeated records add intensity to Aliquippa-Beaver Falls rivalry
Mike Warfield graduated from Aliquippa, played quarterback for the Quips and now is the football team's first-year coach. His wife is a Beaver Falls native

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5 things to watch for Week 4 of high school football: West A’s Palko, USC’s Render set for final meeting
September 20, 2018
Don't expect the obligatory handshake at the 50-yard line from West Allegheny's Bob Palko and Upper St. Clair's Jim Render when the two WPIAL coaching

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5 WPIAL football players who have starred through 1st 4 weeks
Dustin Shoaf, Yough: The senior has a WPIAL-best 1,043 yards in four games, including 401 yards last week. Michael Daure, Keystone Oaks: Daure leads the

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DeGregorio brothers ruled ineligible for basketball after transferring to North Catholic to play for father
September 19, 2018
Can an athlete switch high schools and play sports for a team his father coaches That question split the WPIAL board on Wednesday, but ultimately

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Penn Hills’ Dante Cephas commits to Kent State
September 18, 2018
Penn Hills senior Dante Cephas, one of the top receivers in the WPIAL, committed Tuesday to Kent State. Cephas announced his decision on Twitter. The

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WPIAL adds 5 transfers to ‘postseason ineligible’ list under new PIAA rule
The WPIAL approved 20 transfers Monday but five were ruled ineligible for the postseason under new PIAA rules. Declared postseason ineligible were Bishop Canevin's Dahvie

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Sewickley Academy ‘adamantly’ denies recruiting allegations in letter to WPIAL
The WPIAL board of directors accepted a letter from Sewickley Academy's administration that insisted its boys basketball coaches were not guilty of recruiting. Allegations of

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WPIAL votes to hold hearing with Connellsville, Penn Hills officials over allegations of racial slurs at soccer game
September 17, 2018
After investigating allegations of racial slurs, Connellsville and Penn Hills submitted conflicting reports to the WPIAL. As a result, the WPIAL board of directors voted

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5 things we learned about WPIAL football in Week 3
September 15, 2018
Another week brings another change at the top in WPIAL Class 2A, a classification that so far seems the most unpredictable. Preseason favorite Washington lost

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WPIAL football rankings for week of Sept. 16, 2018
WPIAL football rankings Class 6A School, record, previous 1. Pine-Richland, 3-1, 1 2. North Allegheny, 4-0, 2 3. Central Catholic, 3-1, 3 4. Seneca Valley,

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Cephas, Hardy show Penn Hills’ big-play potential in victory over Mars
September 14, 2018
Officially, conference newcomers Penn Hills and Mars had no head-to-head history. But Daequan Hardy, Dante Cephas and their Penn Hills teammates knew otherwise, and their

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5 things to watch for Week 3 of high school football: Key matchups in Class A
September 13, 2018
A year ago, four conference wins were enough to clinch a WPIAL playoff spot in Class A. Not so this year. The WPIAL shrunk the

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Baldwin hires Dennis Squeglia, who won basketball titles at Seton, to coach softball
Dennis Squeglia, who has WPIAL and PIAA girls basketball titles on his coaching resume, was announced Thursday as softball coach at Baldwin. Squeglia spent two

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NFL Network cameras follow North Allegheny football team
September 12, 2018
North Allegheny coach Art Walker is a fan of andquot;Hard Knocks,andquot; the HBO television series that takes viewers inside an NFL locker room. In maybe

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Belle Vernon’s Schwerha among 13 transfers ruled eligible by WPIAL who cannot compete in postseason
September 11, 2018
Soccer standout Joseph andquot;JoJoandquot; Schwerha, who transferred from Greensburg Central Catholic to Belle Vernon, was among more than four dozen transfers approved this week by

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Lincoln Park, Sewickley Academy basketball programs trade recruiting accusations at WPIAL eligibility hearing
September 10, 2018
Lincoln Park transfer Isaiah Smith was ruled eligible Monday, but only after two of the WPIAL's top basketball programs exchanged recruiting accusations. Sewickley Academy had

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Central Catholic’s Brian Dallas commits to Kent State
September 9, 2018
Central Catholic's Brian Dallas, one of the top defensive linemen in the WPIAL, committed Sunday to Kent State. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior is a standout

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WPIAL football rankings for week of Sept. 9, 2018
September 8, 2018
Here's a look at the WPIAL football rankings for the week of Sept. 9, 2018: Class 6A School, record, previous rank 1. Pine-Richland, 2-1, 1

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Five things we learned from Week 2 of high school football
Greg Perry's teams are known for throwing the football. In his time at Seton LaSalle, where he went from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator and

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In big-game atmosphere, North Allegheny forces 6 turnovers to defeat Central Catholic
September 7, 2018
North Allegheny's student section cheered, laughed and sang with Steelers wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster, who was surrounded in a sea of gold shirts. On the sideline,

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Title game rematches on tap in Week 2 of high school football
September 6, 2018
RJ Hart and his Imani Christian teammates have waited nearly 10 months for this week. They've craved a rematch with Jeannette ever since last year's

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Laurel football player Hayden Hamilton says spinal injury slowly improving
The outpouring of support continues for Laurel football player Hayden Hamilton, who said Wednesday that his spinal injury is slowly improving. andquot;Everything's getting a little

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State legislators will examine 1972 law at center of public vs. private debate
September 5, 2018
State legislation written four decades ago has become a bone of contention in the public vs. private school debate, so current lawmakers agreed Wednesday to

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Matchup of Class 4A’s top teams, Belle Vernon, Thomas Jefferson draws ‘excitement’
It wasn't long ago that Belle Vernon dreaded the week Thomas Jefferson appeared on its schedule. andquot;If you had come to Belle Vernon seven years

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PIAA Legislative Oversight Committee to hold hearing on boundary vs. non-boundary debate Wednesday
September 4, 2018
State legislators are bringing the boundary vs. non-boundary debate to Western Pennsylvania. The PIAA Legislative Oversight Committee will hear testimony Wednesday at Heinz Field from

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Road to 400: 12 memorable victories for Upper St. Clair coach Jim Render
September 2, 2018
Forty-nine years after winning his high school coaching debut, Jim Render celebrated his 400th win Friday night. It was a night to remember in a

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WPIAL football rankings through Week 1
September 1, 2018
WPIAL football Class 6A School, record, previous 1. Pine-Richland1-11 2. North Allegheny2-02 3. Central Catholic2-03 4. Mt. Lebanon1-15 5. Seneca Valley1-1- Out: Norwin (1-1, 4)

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5 things we learned from Week 1 of high school football
Before the lightning, Dustin Shoaf was electric. The WPIAL's regular-season rushing champ from a year ago ran for 299 yards on 12 carries and scored

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Laurel football player seriously injures spine, undergoes surgery
Doctors performed two surgeries Saturday on Laurel football player Hayden Hamilton, a sophomore who sustained a severe spinal injury Friday night. andquot;They are trying to

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Upper St. Clair football coach Jim Render earns 400th career win
August 31, 2018
The stadium stands were packed, his family was there to celebrate and former players dotted the crowd, all excited to witness a moment that was

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5 things to watch in Week 1 of high school football: Teams set to begin conference play
August 30, 2018
It wasn't long ago that WPIAL football teams could ease their way into their conference schedules. Now, almost every team jumps right in. Ninety-four of

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Upper St. Clair football coach Jim Render only 1 win away from 400
Upper St. Clair coach Jim Render discussed plenty of numbers with his football players during camp, but 400 wasn't one of them. The winningest coach

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Shorthanded Mapletown forfeits Week 1 game against Clairton
August 28, 2018
Another injury or two could doom Mapletown's football season, so the school decided to forfeit this week's nonconference game with powerhouse Clairton. andquot;It's going to

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Thomas Jefferson's Noah Palmer (7) hoists the championship trophy with his teammates after defeating Montour, 27-0, in the WPIAL Class 4A final Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL confident football championships will be televised again this fall
August 27, 2018
The WPIAL's broadcast contract with ATandamp;amp;T SportsNet has expired, but WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley said he's confident the football championships will be shown somewhere

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Woodrow Wilson’s Jerus Belinga intercepts a pass intended for Woodland Hills’ Gavin Yarbough during their game Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at the Wolvarena in Turtle Creek.
Woodland Hills shows glimpse of new passing attack in loss to Woodrow Wilson
August 26, 2018
Woodland Hills quarterback Gavin Gurreri-Judson zipped a short pass to wideout Jay Smith, who turned up field, collided with a tackler and flipped over the

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Pine Richland's Luke Meckler breaks up a pass intended for IMG Academy's Josh Delgado Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 at Pine Richland Stadium.
WPIAL football rankings for week of Aug. 26, 2018
August 25, 2018
rankings Football Class 6A 1. Pine-Richland, 0-1, 1 2. North Allegheny, 1-0, 2 3. Central Catholic, 1-0, 3 4. Norwin, 1-0, 5 5. Mt. Lebanon,

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Shaler senior Brennan Fugh competes during practice Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018.
5 storylines from Week Zero of WPIAL football
Rarely is the water cooler dumped in celebration in Week Zero, but some of Shaler's football players grabbed it Friday night and doused coach Jim

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Peters Township's Adrian William catches the ball when Peters Township face off against West Toronto Prep at Wolvarena, Friday, August 24, 2018.
Peters Township scores 36 first-quarter points in rout over West Toronto Prep
Peters Township won the coin toss, but coach T.J. Plack deferred to the second half and told his defense to get to work. Two plays

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Pittsburgh Central Catholic’s Gavin Thomson runs the ball in for a touchdown against Erie Cathedral Prep’s Jordan Adams at Wolvarena in Turtle Creek, Friday, August 24, 2018.
Central Catholic uses ‘mean, nasty football’ to break Cathedral Prep’s 28-game win streak
Central Catholic's offense ran the football 28 times in the second half Friday, mostly between the tackles, and its defense held strong on a crucial

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Central Catholic uses ‘mean, nasty football’ to break Cathedral Prep’s 28-game wins streak
Central Catholic's offense ran the football 28 times in the second half Friday, mostly between the tackles, and its defense held strong on a crucial

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Mt. Pleasant's Alex Kadylak, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
5 things to watch in Week Zero of high school football: Most teams spurn 2nd scrimmage
August 23, 2018
For the third year in a row, WPIAL football coaches had a decision to make. Should they use this weekend for a second scrimmage, or

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WPIAL rules basketball standouts Cali Konek, Thomas Melonja eligible at new schools
The WPIAL cleared two basketball stars to play their senior seasons at their new schools. Franklin Regional senior Cali Konek and Peters Township senior Thomas

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the new head coaches
Rarely does a high school receive an application from a hall of fame coach with six WPIAL football titles, so Ringgold didn't hesitate. The Rams

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Central Catholic quarterback Dominic Pieto looks to throw during practice Aug. 16, 2018 at Central Catholic High School.
Central Catholic looks to end Cathedral Prep’s 28-game winning streak
August 22, 2018
As Central Catholic readies for its season opener, coach Terry Totten has shared some team history with his players. He told them how in 1974,

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the kickers/punters
Not always does the WPIAL have two kickers who rank among the nation's very best. This year it does. Belle Vernon's Cameron Guess and South

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the safeties
August 21, 2018
With size, speed and athleticism, most really good safeties are really good on offense, too. Washington's Dan Walker made 33 catches and scored 12 touchdowns

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West Allegheny coach Kim Niedbala works with the team during practice Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at the high school.
Coach Bob Palko enters final season at West Allegheny at ‘900 miles an hour’
Bob Palko's team opened camp at West Allegheny as they've done for years, except this one will be his last as coach. Was it an

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Aliquippa’s MJ Devonshire Jr. (8) rushes downfield during their game against Quaker Valley in Leetsdale on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the cornerbacks
August 20, 2018
Western Pennsylvania was always a hotbed for quarterbacks, but nowadays it's the cradle of cornerbacks. The high school that produced Ty Law, Darrelle Revis and

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Pine-Richland linebacker Tyler King
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the linebackers
August 19, 2018
As high school offenses become more complex, linebackers face added responsibilities. In last year's state finals, Pine-Richland's linebacker tandem of Tyler King and Anthony Cerminara

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Central Valley’s Anthony Mendicino catches a pass Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, at the high school’s stadium.
Early-season success might make Central Valley’s young lineup ‘a little bit dangerous’
Patience is the strategy Central Valley coach Mark Lyons would normally stress for his players, the idea that the team wants to be playing its

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the defensive linemen
August 18, 2018
Whether at end or tackle, these defensive linemen will cause trouble for offenses this fall. Every high school team could use a pass-rushing end like

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WPIAL Class 6A breakdown: Teams value opening-round bye, home game in playoffs
If North Allegheny coach Art Walker gets his wish, the Tigers will be playing at home in early November with a trip to Heinz Field

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Steel Valley’s hopes for another WPIAL championship built on youth, experience
Steel Valley lost its star tailback to injury in the very first scrimmage a year ago, the start of what became an injury-cursed season. As

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the offensive linemen
August 17, 2018
When Pine-Richland won WPIAL and PIAA Class 6A titles last season, the star quarterback headed to Notre Dame, and a 1,000-yard running back and a

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HS football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the tight ends
August 16, 2018
Tight ends aren't limited to run-blocking and goal-line work. Much like in the NFL, some high school coaches have found ways to create mismatches with

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Young Central Catholic roster seeks 6th consecutive appearance in WPIAL finals
Central Catholic coach Terry Totten can count his returning starters on one hand: a defensive end, a cornerback, a couple of linemen and a wide

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the wide receivers
August 15, 2018
As more high school offenses take to the air, WPIAL quarterbacks have seen their passing numbers soar. Three quarterbacks entered the Top 6 on the

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Coach Mike Melnyk borrows from Michigan, Wisconsin to revamp Mt. Lebanon’s defense
Every football team enters camp with questions that need answers, and Mt. Lebanon is no exception. andquot;My new defensive coordinator is a question mark,andquot; Mt.

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the running backs
August 14, 2018
Yough's Dustin Shoaf rushed for 428 yards on 43 carries and five touchdowns in Week 8 last year, a season's worth of yards for some

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Mike Zmijanac adjusting to a new environment at Ringgold
August 13, 2018
Mike Zmijanac and his wife Michelle toured around France for more than three weeks earlier this year. In his words, they walked, traveled, saw, did,

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the quarterbacks 2018
Here's some good news for WPIAL defensive coordinators: After spectacular senior seasons, former Pine-Richland star Phil Jurkovec and ex-Gateway standout Brady Walker are freshmen quarterbacks

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Three things to watch as high school football camps open Monday
August 12, 2018
As high school football camps open Monday across the WPIAL, the question becomes: Who's the next Quaker Valley At this time last summer, it would

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Woodland Hills hires Von Pitts as girls basketball coach
August 9, 2018
Former Clairton boys basketball coach Von Pitts, who led the Bears to the WPIAL playoffs four years in a row, was hired Wednesday by Woodland

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OLSH's Donovan Johnson shoots a three-pointer over Sewickley Academy's Isaiah Smith during their game Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at Sewickley Academy.
WPIAL sees wave of transfers ahead of PIAA deadline
August 8, 2018
The WPIAL office faced a wave of paperwork in recent days as transfers hurried to avoid a new PIAA rule that would force them to

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Oakland Catholic's Jayla Ellis Thursday, May 17, 2018 during WPIAL AAA track and field championships at Baldwin High School.
WPIAL track championships leaving Baldwin for Slippery Rock University
August 7, 2018
After three decades, Baldwin no longer will host the WPIAL track and field championships. The WPIAL board voted Tuesday to move the individual track championships

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Keystone Oaks' Gillian Piccolino scores past Belle Vernon's Lindsay Steeber during their game Thursday, Jan. 11, 2017, at Belle Vernon Area High School in Rostraver.
Keystone Oaks senior Gillian Piccolino joins former Pitt coach at Kennesaw State
August 1, 2018
Agnus Berenato left Western Pennsylvania several years ago, but the former Pitt basketball coach maintains strong recruiting ties here. Keystone Oaks senior Gillian Piccolino on

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Gateway's Courtney Jackson.
WPIAL seniors receive their official college football scholarship offers
It's official. August 1 is the date that college football programs can send written scholarship offers to seniors, replacing the verbal offers made by coaches

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Mt. Lebanon's Jamey Napoleon (23) dribbles the ball down court against North Allegheny's Madelyn Fischer (55) on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.
Mt. Lebanon’s Jamey Napoleon commits to Central Connecticut State
July 31, 2018
Almost 500 miles separate Mt. Lebanon from New Britain, Conn., but basketball has linked the two towns for years. The next to make that trip

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Bishop Canevin's Shamyjha Price is pressured by Neumann-Goretti's Diamond Johnson during the PIAA Class 3A girls state championship game Monday, March 26, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Bishop Canevin’s Shamyjha Price adds first D1 basketball offer
Bishop Canevin's Shamyjha Price, who won her third consecutive WPIAL basketball title last season, announced her first Division 1 offer Monday from UMass Lowell. The

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WPIAL must replace board member for 3rd time this summer
July 30, 2018
The WPIAL board of directors must replace one of its members for the third time in two months. The latest is New Castle superintendent John

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Administrators from WPIAL schools had varying perspectives at PIAA Playoff Equity Summit
July 29, 2018
As a Maryland native, Woodland Hills athletic director Ron Coursey comes from a state where public and private high schools already play in separate leagues

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North Allegheny's Joey Porter Jr.
North Allegheny’s Joey Porter Jr. narrows recruiting to 5 schools
July 27, 2018
Penn State and Pitt are options if North Allegheny cornerback Joey Porter Jr. decides to stay closer to home. But those two schools have out-of-state

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School officials from across the state attended the PIAA Playoff Equity Summit July 24, 2018, at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center in State College.
Administrators from WPIAL schools had varying perspectives at PIAA Playoff Equity Summit
As a Maryland native, Woodland Hills athletic director Ron Coursey comes from a state where public and private high schools already play in separate leagues

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The Hempfield Area softball team celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Parkland, 4-3 in 8 innings, in the PIAA Class 6A state final Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
PIAA chooses championship sites for 2019-22 spring sports seasons
July 25, 2018
The state baseball and softball finals will call Penn State home for at least four more years. The PIAA announced championship sites for spring sports

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Mars Area is reflected in their runner-up trophy after their game against Neumann-Goretti during the PIAA Class AAA boys basketball championship on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Neumann-Goretti won 99-66.
Public school administrators call for separate playoffs at PIAA Playoff Equity Summit
July 24, 2018
STATE COLLEGE -- If the PIAA board of directors wanted, could it legally split public and private schools into separate playoffs PIAA executive director Bob

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Isaiah Wilson fights for a lose ball Lincoln Park's Keeno Holmes (3) and Gibbs Kanyongo during the 3-A Boys WPIAL Basketball Championship Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Petersen Events Center.
First Love’s Isaiah Wilson adds Atlantic 10 basketball offer
July 23, 2018
First Love Christian Academy guard Isaiah Wilson, who celebrated two WPIAL basketball titles before transferring last summer, added two Division 1 scholarship offers this week.

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Mars Area is reflected in their runner-up trophy after their game against Neumann-Goretti during the PIAA Class AAA boys basketball championship on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Neumann-Goretti won 99-66.
PIAA issues word of caution to schools considering secession
July 21, 2018
The PIAA issued a word of caution to public school administrators who have suggested seceding from the state athletic association. andquot;Should a school wish to

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From left: Casey Conboy, Baldwin athletic director Vince Sortino and Maddi Sgattoni
Former Baldwin AD Vince Sortino hired to oversee athletics at Dallastown
July 19, 2018
Athletic director Vince Sortino, who saw Baldwin eliminate his position last month, wasn't out of work long. Sortino was hired Thursday as athletic director at

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Mars pitcher Will Bednar (16) competes against North Hills Monday, April 30, 2018, at North Hills.
PIAA increases baseball pitch count, adds official counter for playoffs
July 18, 2018
UNIVERSITY PARK - Five pitches isn't much, but they could be just enough. The PIAA board of directors voted Wednesday to increase the state's high

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Hopewell's Drew Falletta during the Vikings lost to Blackhawk in the WPIAL AAA championship on Saturday February 23, 2008.
Hopewell hires 2009 alum Falletta as basketball coach
A decade has passed since Drew Falletta wore a Hopewell uniform, but watching his old basketball team lose night after night caused him pain. andquot;I've

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Mars Area is reflected in their runner-up trophy after their game against Neumann-Goretti during the PIAA Class AAA boys basketball championship on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Neumann-Goretti won 99-66.
PIAA approves stricter transfer rules
a UNIVERSITY PARK -- The PIAA board of directors placed tighter restrictions on high school transfers Wednesday, an effort to address the competitive imbalance some

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Joey Porter Jr. to play key role in success for North Allegheny
July 17, 2018
Joey Porter Jr. still felt a little like the new kid at North Allegheny last summer. andquot;It was tough,andquot; said Porter, who was entering his

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DB or RB: Take your pick with West Mifflin’s Parker
July 16, 2018
The first clip on Parrish Parker's highlight video shows him lowering his shoulder and knocking a wide receiver out of bounds. In the second clip,

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Mars Area is reflected in their runner-up trophy after their game against Neumann-Goretti during the PIAA Class AAA boys basketball championship on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Neumann-Goretti won 99-66.
PIAA Playoff Equity Summit organizers want separate football, basketball playoffs in 2019
July 15, 2018
The PIAA andquot;can and mustandquot; create a postseason system that separates traditional public schools from private, parochial and charter schools, says a group of public

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Oakland Catholic's Sierra DeAngelo scores past Hickory's Ty'mani King-Lonesome during 5-A girls PIAA first round action Saturday, March 10, 2018 at North Hills Middle School.
Oakland Catholic’s Sierra DeAngelo adds 2 offers at once
July 14, 2018
The Oakland Catholic girls basketball team, which reached the WPIAL finals last winter, now has three players with Division 1 offers. Sierra DeAngelo, a 6-foot-1

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Southmoreland's Maggie Moore (20), during practice at Southmoreland High School in Alverton, on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.
Southmoreland’s Maggie Moore adds Navy basketball offer
Southmoreland's Maggie Moore added another name to her list of Division 1 offers. Navy became the latest to offer the 6-foot-2 center who'll be a

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Keystone Oaks' Gillian Piccolino drives past Belle Vernon's Taylor Kovatch during their game Thursday, Jan. 11, 2017, at Belle Vernon Area High School in Rostraver.
Keystone Oaks’ Gillian Piccolino adds 2 more basketball offers
A few weeks after receiving her first Division 1 offer, Keystone Oaks' Gillian Piccolino added two more. The 5-foot-10 guard announced offers Friday from Kennesaw

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Gateway coach Don Holl signals his quarterback Brady Walker during their game against Plum Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at Plum.
Gateway’s Holl staying busy this summer
As coach of a state finalist, Don Holl's football season ran much longer into winter than most, and the start of summer camp is now

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Plum seeks to merge AD duties with other events
July 13, 2018
Plum could become the second WPIAL high school this summer to replace a longtime athletic director. The school district is seeking to hire an administrator

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WPIAL board approves eligibility request for pair of Burrell wrestlers
July 12, 2018
Nicholas Salerno and Shawn Szymanski, who transferred this summer from Plum to Burrell, are eligible to wrestle this winter. The WPIAL board had waited to

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North Allegheny's Ayden Owens wins the boys long jump final with a leap of 23 feet, 7.25 inches at the Butler Invitational Friday, April 20, 2018, at Butler Area High School.
North Allegheny decathlete Ayden Owens places 12th at IAAF World U20 Championship
Ayden Owens' international track debut didn't end with a medal Wednesday, but the decathlete did add his name to the IAAF record books. The recent

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North Allegheny decathlete Ayden Owens 13th at IAAF World U20 after Day 1
July 11, 2018
A disqualification in the 400 meters left North Allegheny decathlete Ayden Owens in 13th place after Day 1 of the IAAF World 20 Championships in

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Butler's Ethan Morton scores over Pine-Richland's Dan Petcash Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 at Pine-Richland High School.
Rivals ranks Butler’s Ethan Morton among Top 50 juniors nationally
July 8, 2018
Butler basketball star Ethan Morton remains one of the Top 50 juniors in the country, according to Rivals.com. The recruiting website revealed updated rankings this

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Quaker Valley's Ricky Guss carries for a first down past Middletown'sGage Radabaugh during the second quarter the PIAA Class 3A state championship game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Top high school sports stories of the 2017-18 school year
July 7, 2018
11.18.2017 Final score: Quaker Valley 2, Aliquippa 0. An unusual score produced maybe the most unlikely champion in WPIAL football history. The Quakers, who coaxed

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North Allegheny's Ayden Owens competes in the Class AAA boys long jump during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Shippensburg University.
At IAAF World U20 Championships, Ayden Owens honored to represent Puerto Rico in a time of need
July 6, 2018
Ayden Owens has traveled to Puerto Rico a handful of times, most recently last month for the island's national track championships. His maternal grandparents were

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Plum head coach Carl Vollmer (center) shares a light moment with his team following their 6-2 win over Marple Newtown in a PIAA Class AAAA semifinal game with Marple Newtown on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Greene Township Park in Scotland, Pa. Plum advances to the state championship game in State College.
Plum baseball coach Carl Vollmer resigns
July 5, 2018
Plum baseball coach Carl Vollmer took a few weeks to think about his resignation, but that didn't make Thursday any easier. andquot;I'll be honest, it's

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Imani Christian’s RJ Hart working to become even more productive
July 4, 2018
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players

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North Allegheny's Rachel Martindale pulls up for a jumpshot over Seneca Valley's Hannah Thompson Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 at Seneca Valley.
North Allegheny basketball’s Rachel Martindale commits to Akron
July 3, 2018
A torn ACL won't keep Rachel Martindale from reaching her Division 1 dreams. The North Allegheny basketball star announced a commitment Tuesday to Akron, a

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Oakland Catholic's Cierra Christian scores pas Gateway's Mary Kromka 5-A boys WPIAL basketball final Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Petersen Events Center.
Oakland Catholic’s Cierra Christian commits to Brown
Oakland Catholic's Cierra Christian, who helped her team reach the WPIAL basketball finals last winter, committed Monday to Brown. The 5-foot-10 guard will be a

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Kylee Lewandowski steals the ball from Central Valley's Kaelyn Underwoon during 4-A girls WPIAL semifinal Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 at Moon High School.
CWNC junior Kylee Lewandowski adds Bucknell basketball offer
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Kylee Lewandowski, a key contributor in the basketball team's WPIAL title run last winter, added a scholarship offer from Bucknell this

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Aliquippa’s Devonshire aims to continue streak of finals appearances
July 2, 2018
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players

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East Allegheny junior Tyler Padezan adds Morgan State football offer
July 1, 2018
East Allegheny's Tyler Padezan, a wide receiver and defensive back, announced a scholarship offer Saturday from Morgan State. Padezan (6-2, 165) will be a junior

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Aliquippa’s Mj Devonshire Jr. brings his team together for a cheer before playing Derry during the WPIAL Class AAA semifinal on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, at Fox Chapel High School.
Deoveon Crute receives Morgan State football offer, adds to growing list for Aliquippa seniors
Aliquippa's Deoveon Crute announced a scholarship offer Saturday from Morgan State, adding another for a Quips senior class that's drawing offers by the bunches. The

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Blackhawk pitcher Mike Turconi delivers during a game against Mars on May 9, 2018, at Chippewa Park.
Blackhawk’s Michael Turconi named Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Year
June 30, 2018
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Michael Turconi Blackhawk, sr., SS/P Michael Turconi is the latest two-way star for Blackhawk coach Bob Amalia, following in the footsteps

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Southmorland no. 2 Cali Konek is greeted by her teammates on the bench as the clock winds down in the last quarter of the game against Belle Vernon on Monday, December 18, 2017.
High school notebook: WPIAL officials question timing of transfer rule
June 29, 2018
Transfers who switched schools this month might be treated differently by the PIAA than those who wait until July. If the PIAA board enacts a

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Mars’ Michael Carmody puts focus on future in football
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players

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Mars Area is reflected in their runner-up trophy after their game against Neumann-Goretti during the PIAA Class AAA boys basketball championship on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Neumann-Goretti won 99-66.
Public vs. private debate not exclusive to PIAA: Alabama defends its competitive-balance formula in court
June 28, 2018
As the PIAA debates a competitive-balance formula for Pennsylvania high school athletics, another state association is defending a similar system in court. A Catholic school

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South Fayette quarterback Drew Saxton gets blocks from Chris Yellig-Glendenning and Tom Elia against Highlands Oct. 21, 2016, at Highlands.
2 WPIAL linemen commit to same FCS conference
Two WPIAL linemen, South Fayette's Tom Elia and Elizabeth Forward's A.J. Ackerman, committed Wednesday night to FCS schools in the Colonial Athletic Association. Both will

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Chartiers Valley's Tim McConnell coaches during a game against Montour earler this season in Collier.
After 6 WPIAL boys titles, Chartiers Valley’s Tim McConnell becomes girls basketball coach
June 26, 2018
In many ways, Tim McConnell will coach girls basketball the way he always coached the boys, with maybe one difference. andquot;I don't think I'll be

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Ringgold head coach Don Roberts fist bumps pitcher Josh Peters during the PIAA Class 4A state championship against Valley View Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Penn State University.
Ringgold, Canon-Mac baseball celebrated at state Capitol
The state champion Ringgold and Canon-McMillan baseball teams were celebrated this week at the state Capitol. The two WPIAL teams were welcomed Monday and Tuesday

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Chartiers Valley coach Tim McConnell gets the student section pumped up in the waning moments of the Colts' win over North Allegheny at the WPIAL Class AAAA championship Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Petersen Events Center.
Administration recommends Tim McConnell as candidate to coach Chartiers Valley girls basketball
Could Chartiers Valley boys basketball coach Tim McConnell, who coached sons T.J. and Matty to WPIAL championships, celebrated another title this winter with daughter Megan

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Gateway's Tui Faumuina-Brown sacks Penn-Trafford quarterback Cam Laffoon during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
Class 5A football coaches approve of WPIAL’s choice for title game
June 25, 2018
Penn-Trafford football coach John Ruane and Gateway's Don Holl understand the atmosphere and excitement that come with Heinz Field. Their teams were there on opposite

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Phil Coffin
North Allegheny baseball assistant Phil Coffin celebrates state bass fishing title
June 24, 2018
Phil Coffin was in South Carolina this week, but the North Allegheny assistant baseball coach wasn't there for the beach. He was there for the

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Oakland Catholic's Jayde Boyd drives on Gateway's Mary Kromka 5-A boys WPIAL basketball final Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Petersen Events Center.
Oakland Catholic’s Jayde Boyd commits to Fairleigh Dickinson
Oakland Catholic's Jayde Boyd, a WPIAL basketball finalist two years in a row, announced her commitment Saturday to Fairleigh Dickinson. The 5-foot-10 guard will be

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Aliquippa's Will Gipson (6) and Avante McKenzie (35) react to a delay of game penalty during their game against Quaker Valley in Leetsdale on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.
Aliquippa’s Will Gipson, Solvauhn Moreland commit to Ball State
Aliquippa teammates Will Gipson and Solvauhn Moreland decided they'll also be teammates in college. The two football recruits announced commitments to Ball State on Saturday

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North Allegheny's Ayden Owens wins the boys long jump final with a leap of 23 feet, 7.25 inches at the Butler Invitational Friday, April 20, 2018, at Butler Area High School.
North Allegheny hurdler Ayden Owens named Pa. Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year
June 22, 2018
North Allegheny's Ayden Owens, who won PIAA titles in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, was named Pennsylvania's Gatorade Boys Track and Field Athlete of the

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Polynesian Bowl announces national TV deal
The Polynesian Bowl, which included a WPIAL football player in last January's game, announced a national TV deal. The CBS Sports Network will televise the

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Vincentian Academy's Kyler Fedko (3) celebrates with Aidan Thomson after scoring against Greensburg Central Catholic during their PIAA Class A semifinal Monday, June 11, 2018, at Wild Things Park.
Perfect Game names Vincentian’s Kyler Fedko as Pennsylvania’s top baseball player
Vincentian Academy's Kyler Fedko was named Pennsylvania's baseball player of the year Friday by Perfect Game. The senior shortstop batted .661 with eight home runs,

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Vincentian Academy captains Mark Yakim, Kyler Fedko and Aidan Thomson hoist the championship trophy after the Royals defeated Southern Fulton, 5-3, in the PIAA Class A state final Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives recognizes Vincentian baseball team
June 21, 2018
The state House of Representatives recognized Vincentian Academy's baseball team for its PIAA championship during a ceremony Thursday in Harrisburg. Speaker of the House Mike

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Farrell linebacker Kyi Wright lists Pitt among 3 finalists
June 20, 2018
Farrell linebacker Kyi Wright, who lists more than a dozen scholarship offers, has Pitt among his three finalists. Wright announced Wednesday on Twitter that he's

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Central Catholic linebacker David Adams.
Former Central Catholic football star David Adams takes medical exemption at Notre Dame
Former Central Catholic linebacker David Adams, now a sophomore at Notre Dame, announced Tuesday on Twitter that he's stepping away from college football to recover

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Lincoln Park head coach Mike Bariski hugs Keeno Holmes (left) and Thomas Melonja after beating Seton LaSalle in the WPIAL Class 3A boys basketball final March 1, 2018, at Petersen Events Center.
Lincoln Park AD Bariski talks transfer rules with state legislators
Lincoln Park athletic director Mike Bariski supports the competitive balance formula proposed by the PIAA, but told state legislators he disagrees with a rule that

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Basketball star Darrius Davis leaving Propel Andrew Street
June 19, 2018
Another all-section basketball player is switching schools this summer, but Darrius Davis is leaving the WPIAL altogether. Davis announced Monday night on Twitter that he's

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Butler's Ethan Morton (25) moves the ball up the court during their WPIAL playoff game against Latrobe on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School. Latrobe won 73-66.
Butler’s Ethan Morton adds Marquette offer
Butler basketball star Ethan Morton, the WPIAL's top recruit in the 2020 class, is quickly approaching 20 scholarship offers. The rising junior added an offer

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Southmorland no. 2 Cali Konek is greeted by her teammates on the bench as the clock winds down in the last quarter of the game against Belle Vernon on Monday, December 18, 2017.
WPIAL notebook: Girls basketball star Cali Konek leaving Southmoreland for Franklin Regional
June 18, 2018
Girls basketball player Cali Konek, who averaged 45 points as a star freshman, has transferred schools again. Franklin Regional submitted transfer paperwork to the WPIAL

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Gateway's Courtney Jackson catches a touchdown pass next to Penn-Trafford's Caleb Lisbon during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL chooses Norwin as host for Class 5A football final
On the Friday after Thanksgiving, the only long lines Norwin athletic director Brandon Rapp needs to tackle are the football fans filtering into his stadium.

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Ambridge's Devin Dishong competes against Derry during the WPIAL Class AA boys volleyball championship Thursday, May 24, 2018, at Baldwin.
WPIAL could lose Baldwin as host site for postseason events
The WPIAL could lose Baldwin as a host site for its track championships and other playoff games. In the wake of eliminating the school's athletic

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Pine-Richland limeman Michael Katic runs through some drills Aug. 14, 2017, at Pine-Richland.
Pine-Richland lineman Michael Katic commits to Indiana
June 17, 2018
Pine-Richland lineman Michael Katic, a two-way standout on the Rams' state championship team, committed to Indiana on Sunday. Katic will be a senior in the

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Thomas Jefferson's Jenna Clark (1) competes against Keystone Oaks on Dec. 28, 2017, at Keystone Oaks.
Thomas Jefferson’s Jenna Clark adds 6th D1 basketball offer
Thomas Jefferson guard Jenna Clark announced Saturday a scholarship offer from Appalachian State, her sixth offer since late-April. The 5-foot-7 point guard will be a

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Canon-McMillan's Brandon Kline (4) celebrates with Nick Seafino after scoring during the PIAA Class 6A state championship game against Bensalem Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
7-run inning leads Canon-McMillan to 2nd PIAA baseball title
June 15, 2018
UNIVERSITY PARK — One unforgettable inning sparked a celebration that Canon-McMillan will remember for years. The Big Macs sent 12 batters to the plate in

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South Side pitcher Casey Jones hugs head coach Chip Hunter on the mound next to Luke Woodard during the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Lancaster Catholic Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
Kentucky recruit holds South Side to 1 run in PIAA finals loss
UNIVERSITY PARK — Lancaster Catholic lefty Dillon Marsh lived up to his hard-to-hit reputation. The hard-throwing Kentucky recruit pitched a five-hitter with 11 strikeouts to

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Vincentian Academy wins 2nd PIAA baseball title in 3 years
UNIVERSITY PARK — Vincentian Academy shortstop Kyler Fedko drew fist pumps and hearty high fives for a slick running catch in Friday's fifth inning. It

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Canon-McMillan's Zach Rohaley pitches against Dallastown during a PIAA Class 6A first round playoff game Monday, June 4, 2018, at Wild Things Park.
Bruzdewicz, Rohaley guide Canon-McMillan into PIAA baseball finals
When Tim Bruzdewicz watches Zach Rohaley pitch, he sometimes sees a younger, right-handed version of himself. andquot;I threw a lot like Rohaley as a pitcher,andquot;

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West Allegheny's Britney Wilson hugs head coach Mindi McFate after their loss to Lampeter-Strasburg in the PIAA Class 5A state championship Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Penn State University.
West Allegheny’s rally falls short in PIAA Class 5A softball title game
June 14, 2018
UNIVERSITY PARK — Two comeback wins in one week was probably too much to ask, but West Allegheny still gave it a try. The Indians

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Baldwin athletic director Vince Sortino, at his desk area.
Baldwin school board eliminates athletic director position
The Baldwin-Whitehall school board voted recently to eliminate the athletic director position despite passionate pleas from more than a dozen residents, current students and alumni.

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Canon-McMillan baseball coach Tim Bruzdewicz discusses his team's PIAA semifinal victory over Council Rock North on June 12, 2018, at Scotland.
Canon-McMillan earns trip to PIAA baseball finals
June 12, 2018
SCOTLAND — Zach Rohaley had never faced Council Rock North, but the Canon-McMillan right-hander felt like he already knew them at least a little. andquot;Whenever

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West Allegheny coach Bryan Cornell talks about his team's loss to Marple Newtown in the PIAA semifinals June 12, 2018, in Scotland.
West Allegheny baseball allows 1 hit in PIAA semifinal loss
SCOTLAND — West Allegheny starter Austin Hendrick held Marple Newtown to one harmless hit, a leadoff single in the first inning. But his Indians just

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Canon-McMillan starting pitcher Zachary Rohaley celebrates after getting out of the sixth inning after a lead off triple by North Allegheny's Ben Surman during the WPIAL 6-A Baseball Championship Wednesday May 30, 2018 at Wild Things Park.
PIAA alters baseball championship schedule, postpones some semifinals
June 11, 2018
The PIAA has switched its baseball championship schedule to accommodate school commencements. The Class 5A final is now 6 p.m. Thursday, and the Class 6A

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Baldwin athletic director Vince Sortino, at his desk area.
Sortino: Baldwin plans to eliminate athletic director position
June 8, 2018
Baldwin athletic director Vince Sortino, who oversees dozens of sports teams in one of the WPIAL's largest districts, said Friday that the school board plans

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West Allegheny's Natasha Yarowenko cheers with her team after defeating Thomas Jefferson during the WPIAL Class 5A softball championship Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Seton Hill University. West Allegheny won 4-2.
PIAA softball pairings: 2 WPIAL finals rematches scheduled Monday
Eleven days after West Allegheny and Thomas Jefferson met in the WPIAL Class 5A finals, the two softball teams will rematch in the PIAA semifinals.

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Vincentian pitcher Stephen Turzai delivers during the WPIAL Class A championship game against Union Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Wild Things Park.
PIAA baseball pairings: WPIAL guaranteed at least 2 state finalists
The WPIAL is guaranteed that at least two teams will reach the state baseball championships, and the district could have a finalist in all six

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Canon-McMillan's Cam Walker celebrates after scoring against North Allegheny in the PIAA Class 6A quarterfinals Thursday, June 7, 2018, at Seton Hill University.
Weston, Canon-McMillan defeat North Allegheny in PIAA Class 6A quarterfinals
June 7, 2018
Among Cam Weston's four-pitch arsenal is a swing-and-miss forkball he likes to throw, but lately he's used it rarely. andquot;I haven't been throwing strikes,andquot; the

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Northgate head coach T.J. Wiley talks with his team during heat acclimation drills.
Vincentian hires T.J. Wiley to relaunch football program
Eager to restart its football program, Vincentian Academy has hired veteran coach T.J. Wiley to lead the process. The school announced his hire Thursday. Wiley,

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Oakland Catholic's Brianne O'Rourke scores over Cheltenham's Jackie Dooley March 18, 2005, at the Giant Center in Hershey. The Lady Eagles defeated Cheltenham.
Oakland Catholic hires former star Brianne O’Rourke as girls basketball coach
June 6, 2018
Former Oakland Catholic basketball star Brianne O'Rourke, who won WPIAL and PIAA titles her senior year, is returning to her alma mater as coach. The

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North Allegheny's Ayden Owens competes in the Class AAA boys 110 meter high hurdles preliminary Friday, May 25, 2018, during the PIAA track and field state championships at Shippensburg University.
PTFCA names 4 WPIAL athletes first-team all-state
North Allegheny senior Ayden Owens was named first-team all-state in two events and second in another by the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association, but

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Girls on the Hempfield varsity team celebrate after the WPIAL Class 6A title game Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Seton Hill. Hempfield won 2-1 in 10 innings.
PIAA softball pairings: 4 all-WPIAL matchups in state quarterfinals
June 5, 2018
The WPIAL is guaranteed at least four softball teams in the state semifinals this season. Thursday's PIAA quarterfinals will include four all-WPIAL matchups: Hempfield vs.

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Canon-McMillan's Ian Hess tags out North Allegheny's C.J. Weller during the WPIAL 6-A Baseball Championship Wednesday May 30, 2018 at Wild Things Park.
PIAA baseball pairings: Canon-McMillan, North Allegheny will rematch at Seton Hill
Canon-McMillan and North Allegheny, the WPIAL Class 6A finalists, will rematch Thursday afternoon at Seton Hill. The PIAA on Tuesday announced state quarterfinal sites and

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Canon-McMillan's Greg Siller (5) celebrates with teammates after scoring on a walk-off single by Connor Flaherty in the bottom of the seventh inning of their PIAA Class 6A first round playoff game against Dallastown Monday, June 4, 2018, at Wild Things Park.
Flaherty’s walk-off lifts Canon-McMillan past Dallastown in PIAA 1st round
June 4, 2018
Canon-McMillan's Connor Flaherty has a knack for walk-off wins. The Big Macs senior attacked the first pitch he saw in Monday's seventh inning and drove

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Red Land's Joey Cotto scores past North Hills catcher JT Mazula during the third inning of their PIAA Class 5A first round playoff game Monday, June 4, 2018, at Wild Things Park.
WPIAL champion North Hills falls to Red Land in opening round of PIAA playoffs
Five days after celebrating a WPIAL baseball championship at Wild Things Park, North Hills' magical season ended on the same field. North Hills managed only

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Seton LaSalle's Lexi Wagner
Seton LaSalle’s Lexi Wagner earns state Gatorade Softball Player of the Year
Seton LaSalle senior shortstop/outfielder Lexi Wagner was named the state's Gatorade Softball Player of the Year on Monday. The Oregon recruit batted .680 with 14

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Frazier's Kathryn Barch pitches the ball against Laurel during the WPIAL Class 2A softball championship Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Seton Hill University. Laurel won 1-0.
PIAA softball pairings: Baldwin, Frazier visit Penn State for Monday’s openers
The Baldwin and Frazier softball teams are hoping to visit Penn State more than once this month. The two WPIAL teams start their state playoffs

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North Hills' Garret Barto celebrates his lead off double in the tenth inning against Mars Area during the WPIAL 5-A Baseball Championship Wednesday May 30, 2018 at Wild Things Park.
PIAA baseball pairings: 4 WPIAL champions return to Washington
Five days after celebrating WPIAL titles at Wild Things Park, Canon-McMillan and North Hills return Monday to the minor league baseball stadium to start the

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Arizona freshman Jordan Geist competes during the Desert Heat Classic on April 28, 2018, at Drachman Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.
Knoch’s Jordan Geist headed to NCAAs in both shot put, discus
June 3, 2018
PIAA record-holder Jordan Geist, now a freshman thrower at Arizona, will compete for a national title in the shot put and discus this week at

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WPIAL Hall of Fame induction can’t-miss for Tanisha Wright
June 2, 2018
Tanisha Wright boarded a morning flight to Pittsburgh hours after scoring 15 points for the Minnesota Lynx, choosing to skip her WNBA team's upcoming West

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Pine-Richland lineman Michael Katic adds Pitt offer
June 1, 2018
Pine-Richland lineman Michael Katic's recruitment has built steadily over the past six months. The soon-to-be senior, who announced his first FCS offer in December, added

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Penn State offer caps busy month for Mars’ Michael Carmody
May was a fruitful month for Mars' Michael Carmody. The nationally ranked football recruit added nine FBS scholarships in 31 days. The most recent was

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NFL, WNBA represented in WPIAL Hall of Fame class
Active players from the NFL and WNBA are among the WPIAL Hall of Fame class set for induction Saturday at a ceremony in Green Tree.

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Canon-McMillan celebrates beating North Allegheny in the WPIAL 6-A Baseball Championship Wednesday May 30, 2018 at Wild Things Park.
Canon-McMillan earns 1st WPIAL baseball title with win over North Allegheny
May 30, 2018
With a runner on third and no outs, Canon-McMillan pitcher Zach Rohaley heard the voice of his first baseman. andquot;Don't let them do it to

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NA seeks 8th WPIAL baseball title, Canon-Mac wants 1st
When North Allegheny played Canon-McMillan at Wild Things Park in March, NA left the stadium with hopes to return two months later. The minor league

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South Fayette takes down Ringgold to capture WPIAL Class 4A baseball title
May 29, 2018
South Fayette's Richie Dell was excited that his coach chose him to start the WPIAL championship and it showed right away. One pitch. One hit

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OLSH's Daren DiMichele, Donovan Joshnson and Ricco tate hold the PIAA runner-up trophy after the Class 2A boys state championship game against Constitution Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA considers compliance committee with investigative duties
May 28, 2018
The PIAA someday could launch its own investigations into schools accused of breaking the rules. There are multiple proposals before the PIAA board this summer

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Shady Side Academy's Michael Tomlin reacts after winning the Class AA boys 300 meter hurdles final during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Shippensburg University.
Shady Side Academy’s Dino Tomlin wins PIAA hurdles title
May 27, 2018
SHIPPENSBURG — Winning a state track title isn't as simple as one, two, three, but counting to 22 seems to have helped Shady Side Academy's

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Winchester Thurston senior Tristan Forsythe won the Class A title at the PIAA cross country championships Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Hershey.
Winchester Thurston’s Forsythe defends PIAA title in 1,600
May 26, 2018
SHIPPENSBURG — Tristan Forsythe's parents were born in England, so he jokes that he's built for the rain that falls on Pennsylvania track meets. Saturday's

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Shady Side Academy's Melissa Riggins wins the Class AA girls 1600 meter final during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Shippensburg University.
Fast friends: Shady Side Academy’s Riggins, Freeport’s Shemanski finish 1-2 in PIAA Class AA 800
SHIPPENSBURG — As rival runners go, Freeport's Sidney Shemanski and Shady Side Academy's Melissa Riggins are closer than most. How close Only 17-hundredths of a

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North Allegheny's Ayden Owens reacts after winning the Class AAA boys 300 meter hurdles final during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Shippensburg University.
‘I really believe he’s going to be an Olympian’
SHIPPENSBURG — Ayden Owens' immediate future includes a track meet in Puerto Rico that could earn him a summer trip to Finland. His coach already

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South Park's Marco Maffeo wins the Class AA boys triple jump with a leap of 46 feet, 2.75 inches during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Shippensburg University.
South Park’s Marco Maffeo wins PIAA title in first year
SHIPPENSBURG – At this time last year, Marco Maffeo wasn't thinking about winning a triple jump title at the state track championships. andquot;I didn't even

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Derry's Jake Griffin defends on a spike by Deer Lakes's Dan Hutchinson Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Deer Lakes High School.
A-K Valley track and field notebook: Freeport’s Shemanski to vie for PIAA gold
May 25, 2018
SHIPPENSBURG — Eight days after finishing first and second in the WPIAL, Freeport sophomore Sidney Shemanski and Shady Side Academy freshman Melissa Riggins raced each

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Valley's Darius Johnson smiles after winning the Class AA boys high jump Friday, May 25, 2018, during the PIAA track and field state championships at Shippensburg University.
Valley’s Darius Johnson wins PIAA high jump with personal best
SHIPPENSBURG — Car trouble kept Darius Johnson's mother from making the cross-state trip, and his coach stayed home to care for a family member. But

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South Park’s Maura Huwalt wins PIAA discus title
SHIPPENSBURG – For the second year in a row, South Park thrower Maura Huwalt arrived at the PIAA track and field championships with three chances

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North Allegheny rallies past Hempfield to reach 12th WPIAL baseball title game
May 23, 2018
North Allegheny needed a replacement outfielder, so senior Ben Surman grabbed a batting helmet and started getting ready, until coach Andrew Heck called for someone

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Thunderstorms postpone 4 WPIAL baseball playoff games
May 22, 2018
Thunderstorms forced the WPIAL to postpone four baseball playoff games originally scheduled for Tuesday night. All were rescheduled Wednesday. In Class 5A, Moon (13-3) now

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Hempfield shows depth in WPIAL quarterfinal triumph over Pine-Richland
Ground balls sure kept Hempfield first baseman Justin Sliwoski busy, which was exactly what pitcher Jake Anderson had wanted. andquot;Throw low, throw strikes and get

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WPIAL baseball, softball quarterfinals among Monday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
May 21, 2018
Vincentian Academy's baseball team hasn't played a real game in 10 days. Serra Catholic has waited 11 days, while Riverside and Blackhawk each were idle

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WPIAL holds 23 top seeds for state track championships
May 20, 2018
WPIAL athletes own the state's top seed in 23 events entering the PIAA track and field championships that start Friday in Shippensburg. The PIAA posted

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No track? No problem for Aliquippa sprinters who extend WPIAL relay streak to 5
May 19, 2018
There's a straight stretch of pavement beyond the end zone of Aliquippa's football stadium that the Quips track team uses for practice. The school doesn't

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Penn Hills QB Hollis Mathis commits to Howard
May 18, 2018
Penn Hills junior Hollis Mathis, one of the WPIAL's leading passers, announced Friday his commitment to Howard. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound quarterback passed for 2,435 yards

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4 WPIAL softball teams will try out Seton Hill
Four softball teams will get an early look at the WPIAL's new championship venue. The WPIAL scheduled a quarterfinal tripleheader Monday at Seton Hill, which

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Ayden Owens, Hunter Robinson win 4 more WPIAL track golds
North Allegheny's Ayden Owens and Avonworth/Northgate's Hunter Robinson finished their WPIAL track careers with performances that won't soon be forgotten. And that was their goal.

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Waynesburg pole vaulter Behm starts record-setting day at WPIAL championships
May 17, 2018
Waynesburg's Will Behm was watching three years ago when Riverview pole vaulter Evan Lesnick broke a WPIAL championship record. It's a moment that stuck with

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WPIAL schedules 3 tripleheaders in baseball quarterfinals
The WPIAL scheduled tripleheaders at Burkett Field, Upper St. Clair and Washington andamp; Jefferson next week when the baseball playoffs resume Monday and Tuesday with

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Canevin promotes Palmosino to boys basketball coach
Bishop Canevin's new boys basketball coach is already very familiar with the program. Assistant coach and former Canevin athlete Gino Palmosino was promoted to head

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Conti’s walk-off homer vaults Hampton past Gateway in Class 5A first round
May 15, 2018
Hampton's Phil Conti has accomplished plenty with the Talbots, but never had the William andamp; Mary recruit ended a game with a homer. andquot;We were

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Imani Christian's Rahmon Hart Jr. (11) scores a touchdown against Jeannette during the WPIAL 1A Championship on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
Imani’s Rahmon Hart commits to Ball State
May 14, 2018
Imani Christian junior Rahmon Hart Jr., a 6-foot-3 wide receiver, committed Monday to Ball State. The Rivals three-star recruit chose the Muncie, Ind., school over

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WPIAL notebook: Debate grows over separate playoffs
The WPIAL isn't the only PIAA district debating boundary and non-boundary schools. New Castle superintendent John Sarandrea told the WPIAL board Monday that he has

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WPIAL picks RMU for 2A football final, 5A site undecided
The WPIAL Class 2A football final will return to Robert Morris this fall, but a decision about Class 5A must wait. The WPIAL board voted

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Softball, lacrosse playoff openers among Monday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
The WPIAL softball playoffs start Monday afternoon with games in Class 5A, Class 2A and Class A. There are 16 games on the schedule. The

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Mars pitcher Will Bednar (16) competes against North Hills Monday, April 30, 2018, at North Hills.
5 pitchers to watch in WPIAL baseball playoffs
Here are five pitchers to watch when the WPIAL baseball playoffs start Tuesday. Will Bednar, Mars, junior With a fastball that reaches the 90s, Bednar

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Pine-Richland's Troy Laneve competes during practice Friday, March 23, 2018, at Pine-Richland.
5 players to watch in WPIAL baseball playoffs
Here are five position players to watch when the WPIAL baseball playoffs start Tuesday. Mark Black, Serra Catholic, sophomore Black is a catcher with a

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WPIAL approves Corey Thomas’ transfer to Penn Hills
May 13, 2018
The WPIAL questioned Corey Thomas about his mid-year transfer to Penn Hills before ruling the standout junior eligible in a hearing this week. Thomas, who

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Belle Vernon players celebrate with the championship trophy after defeating Yough in the WPIAL Class 4A softball final Thursday, June 1 2017, at California University.
WPIAL might use Seton Hill for some softball quarterfinals
May 12, 2018
Seton Hill will host the WPIAL softball finals later this month, but some playoff teams could get an early look at the new championship venue.

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Penn Hills’ Daivon Stephens signs with Eastern Michigan
Daivon Stephens, who led Penn Hills to a WPIAL Class 6A basketball title, signed Saturday with Eastern Michigan. Penn Hills announced the senior's decision on

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Breaking down the 2018 WPIAL baseball playoffs
May 11, 2018
Here's a breakdown of the 2018 WPIAL baseball playoffs. Class 6A Favorite: Winning Section 1 makes Central Catholic a title favorite. The teams in that

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WPIAL baseball pairings: Central Catholic, Moon among No. 1 seeds
Teams that played in the rain were rewarded by the WPIAL baseball committee. When the committee seeded the playoff brackets Friday, it used all the

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Boys lacrosse pairings: Pine-Richland, Mars enter playoffs as top seeds
May 10, 2018
Pine-Richland and Mars drew the No. 1 seeds in the WPIAL boys lacrosse playoff brackets revealed Thursday. Pine-Richland drew the top seed in Class AAA

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WPIAL softball pairings: 4 defending champions draw No. 1 seeds
Four defending WPIAL champions received No. 1 seeds in the softball playoff brackets revealed Thursday. Hempfield in Class 6A, West Allegheny in 5A, Frazier in

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WPIAL reveals tennis brackets for boys doubles tournament
May 9, 2018
A year after finishing as WPIAL runners-up, Hampton tennis pair Ben Ringeisen and Ted Donegan is ready for another run at the doubles title. The

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John Wiley among 5 football coaches picked for PSFCA hall
John Wiley, who was a head football coach for 24 years at Danville, Titusville and Clearfield before joining son T.J. Wiley's staff in the WPIAL,

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Lincoln Park grad Nelly Cummings transfers to Colgate
Nelly Cummings is transferring to Colgate, the former Lincoln Park basketball star announced on Twitter. His decision came about two months after Cummings said he

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WPIAL team track championships in Monday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
May 7, 2018
When the WPIAL team track championships start Monday afternoon, Butler, Hempfield, North Allegheny and Norwin will send both their boys and girls to compete in

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WPIAL nears decision on Class 5A, 2A football finals
WPIAL Class 5A and 2A football teams should soon learn the site for their championship games. The WPIAL board will likely choose a host site

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Thomas Burns wins state football title in Pa., track title in Fla.
In the same school year, Thomas Burns won a state football title in Pennsylvania and a state track title in Florida. Burns, the brother of

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3 more WPIAL athletes claim top spot in state track rankings
May 6, 2018
After Saturday's meets, Hunter Robinson, Noah Beveridge and Zach Gehm can say that nobody in Pennsylvania has either run faster or thrown farther than them.

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Elite QBs highlight West roster for PSFCA East-West Game
May 5, 2018
If the PSFCA East-West Game becomes a shootout, coach Eric Kasperowicz has two quarterbacks accustomed to big numbers. South Fayette's Drew Saxton and Selinsgrove's Logan

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Downpour creates ‘brutal’ 1,600 meters at Baldwin Invite
Mt. Lebanon's Patrick Anderson was leading the boys 1,600-meter race when the storm clouds let loose over the Baldwin Invitational. The rain was shockingly cold,

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North Allegheny’s Ayden Owens breaks Dion Bentley’s decades-old record at Baldwin Invitational
Days like this are why Ayden Owens is a Southern Cal recruit. The North Allegheny senior dazzled Friday at the Baldwin Invitation by sweeping the

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Butler’s Ethan Morton invited to USA Basketball training camp
May 4, 2018
Rather than Butler's blue and gold, Ethan Morton could wear some red, white and blue this summer. The sophomore basketball star was among 24 high

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Tennis finals rematch among Friday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
For the second season in a row, Peters Township's Connor Bruce and Fox Chapel's Robby Shymansky will battle in the WPIAL tennis finals. The two

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North Allegheny's Ayden Owens wins the boys 110 meter high hurdles final during the Butler Invitational Friday, April 20, 2018, at Butler Area High School.
5 storylines for Friday’s Baldwin Invitational
May 3, 2018
Standing room around the shot put area won't be quite as crowded Friday for the Baldwin Invitational, now that record-setting thrower Jordan Geist of Knoch

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2 WPIAL recruits add Duke football offers, face busy month ahead
May 2, 2018
Two of the WPIAL's top underclassmen recruits announced Duke football scholarships Wednesday with more offers likely to come this month. Gateway freshman Derrick Davis and

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Section 1-6A baseball finales among Wednesday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
The WPIAL playoff race remains crowded in Section 1-6A baseball, but almost everybody in contention could end up celebrating. There are two section finales Wednesday

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19 from WPIAL, City League earn all-state boys basketball honors
May 1, 2018
Add another award to Robby Carmody's resume. The Mars senior and Notre Dame recruit was named Pennsylvania's Class 5A Player of the Year in a

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Mars Area is reflected in their runner-up trophy after their game against Neumann-Goretti during the PIAA Class AAA boys basketball championship on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Neumann-Goretti won 99-66.
WPIAL survey: 86 percent want separate playoffs for non-boundary schools
April 30, 2018
An overwhelming majority of WPIAL schools want to split boundary and non-boundary schools into separate postseason tournaments, according to survey results released Monday. The WPIAL

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Mars' Tai Johnson (left) and Lauren Wasylson hoist the PIAA championship trophy after defeating Archbishop Wood, 36-33, in the PIAA Class 5A girls state final Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey.
24 WPIAL players, 2 coaches earn all-state girls basketball honors
April 24, 2018
Mars basketball teammates Lauren Wasylson and Tai Johnson, who won a state title together, have reason to celebrate with coach Dana Petruska one more time.

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Mars Area is reflected in their runner-up trophy after their game against Neumann-Goretti during the PIAA Class AAA boys basketball championship on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Neumann-Goretti won 99-66.
WPIAL sends 4-question survey asking about non-boundary schools
April 23, 2018
School administrators received a four-questions survey Monday from the WPIAL asking about non-boundary schools, transfer rules and expanded classifications. The WPIAL board of directors voted

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Class AA boys team tennis tournament tops Friday’s WPIAL schedule
April 20, 2018
Sewickley Academy starts its quest for a 15th consecutive WPIAL Class AA championship when the boys team tennis tournament begins Friday with first-round matches. Sewickley

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WPIAL sets baseball, softball, lacrosse sections for 2019 season
April 19, 2018
Every WPIAL baseball and softball section will have at least one new team next season in the updated spring sports alignments approved by the WPIAL

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Aliquippa head coach Mike Zmijanac shares a lighter moment with quarterback Kwantell Raines after he flipped into the end zone against Beaver Falls Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 at Geneva College.
Ringgold names Mike Zmijanac new football coach
April 18, 2018
Mike Zmijanac wasn't ready for retirement. Eight weeks after the Aliquippa school board surprisingly voted him out, Zmijanac was hired Wednesday night as Ringgold's new

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Winchester Thurston's Tristan Forsythe crosses the finish line to win the WPIAL boys Class A championship race Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, at Cooper's Lake Campground.
21 athletes picked for WPIAL scholarships
The WPIAL announced its annual scholarship winners Wednesday with 21 student-athletes receiving $1,000 apiece. The boys winners were Mars' Robby Carmody, Thomas Jefferson's Garret Fairman,

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Former New Castle High School boys basketball coach John Sarandrea, pictured in 1998, sends in some instruction from the bench during his team's victory over Shaler.
WPIAL superintendents urge PIAA to split public, private school playoffs
Splitting public and private schools into separate postseason tournaments is an idea worth exploring, New Castle superintendent John Sarandrea told the WPIAL board of directors

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WPIAL annual meeting, boys tennis tournament on Wednesday’s schedule
Wednesday is a busy day for WPIAL administrators. First on the schedule is the WPIAL annual meeting at the DoubleTree in Green Tree, where PIAA

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Sewickley Academy seeks 15th consecutive WPIAL boys tennis title
When was the last time someone other than Sewickley Academy won the WPIAL Class AA boys tennis tournament Before some of Sewickley's freshmen were born.

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East Allegheny's Amani Johnson scores over Bishop Canevin's Gillan Gustine in the WPIAL Class 3A girls basketball final Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Petersen Events Center.
Amani Johnson, Lauren Wasylson earn All-Pennsylvania honors from USA Today
April 17, 2018
East Allegheny's Amani Johnson and Mars' Lauren Wasylson, two of the WPIAL's top girls basketball players, earned All-Pennsylvania honors from USA Today on Tuesday. Johnson,

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Albert Gallatin head coach Shawn Liotta talks with his players during the Alle-Kiski Football Challenge at Kiski Area High School on Thursday, July 28, 2016.
Burrell hires Shawn Liotta as football coach
There are 160,000 miles on Shawn Liotta's six-year-old vehicle, but he and his trusty Chrysler won't make quite as many road trips anymore. Not since

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Quaker Valley football coach Ron Balog
Quaker Valley hires Ron Balog as football coach
Quaker Valley's new football coach is more focused on next season rather than last. Ron Balog, a former youth coach and Central Catholic assistant, was

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Mars' Robby Carmody blocks a shot by Abington Heights' Mike Malone during the PIAA Class 5A boys state championship game Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Mars’ Robby Carmody earns All-Pennsylvania honor from USA Today
April 16, 2018
Mars senior Robby Carmody was the lone Western Pennsylvania player to earn a spot on USA Today's All-Pennsylvania boys basketball team announced Monday. The Notre

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Winchester Thurston's Gia Thorpe scores over West Greene's Madison Lampe during the WPIAL Class A girls final March 2, 2018, at Petersen Events Center.
Winchester Thurston’s Thorpe commits to Howard
Winchester Thurston senior Gia Thorpe, a 5-foot-8 guard who won consecutive WPIAL basketball titles, announced her commitment Monday to Howard University. The Trib 10 selection

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Rain could wash out first-place baseball matchups Monday
It's safe to say Monday's boys volleyball game between Fox Chapel and North Hills will be played as scheduled. But beyond that indoor matchup, the

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Mike Coleman’s commitment gives Toledo another Woodland Hills recruit
April 15, 2018
Mike Coleman's first offer was ultimately his favorite. The Woodland Hills junior drew more than a dozen football scholarships before committing Saturday to Toledo, which

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Pine-Richland defenders Tommy Camino (6) and Anthony Cerminara (34) and Tyler King force a fumble by Wayne quarterback Rashad McKee during the second quarter Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Pine.
Pine-Richland linebacker Tyler King commits to Navy
About three weeks after announcing an offer from Navy, Pine-Richland's Tyler King was ready to commit Saturday to the Midshipmen. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound junior linebacker

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Gateway High School's Jeremiah Josephs (2) rushes the ball down field against Woodland Hills on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.
Gateway defensive back Jeremiah Josephs commits to Miami (Ohio)
Gateway defensive back Jeremiah Josephs, who led the Gators with seven interceptions last season, announced his commitment to Miami (Ohio) on Saturday. The 6-foot, 160-pound

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Belle Vernon boys basketball coach Kyle DeGregorio works with Derek Thomas during practice Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at the high school.
Baldwin hires Kyle DeGregorio, Eugene Wilson as basketball coaches
April 13, 2018
Baldwin athletic director Vince Sortino found his new girls basketball coach just across the hallway in Kyle DeGregorio, who's a guidance counselor in the district.

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Vincentian baseball’s ‘really good offensive day’ leads to 32-2 win over Leechburg
Vincentian Academy baseball coach Brad Bestic knew Thursday's lopsided score would raise some eyebrows. His Royals won 32-2 at Leechburg in three innings. andquot;I've already

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Woodland Hills runs onto the playing field prior to their game against Bethel Park on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, at the Wolvarena. Woodland Hills won 28-23.
Woodland Hills football announces 6-game Week Zero event
April 12, 2018
Woodland Hills and five other WPIAL football teams will take part in a two-day Week Zero event at the Wolvarena this fall. There are six

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Curtis Bray won the 1987 Gatorade Pennsylvania and National Player of the Year awards for his play on the football field at Gateway High School. He was the first defensive player to win the national award.
Gateway trio among WPIAL Hall of Fame class
Gateway's Terry Smith will be inducted into the WPIAL Hall of Fame alongside two athletes he knows very well. Smith, former Gators teammate Curtis Bray

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Upper St. Clair, North Hills baseball trying to stay hot Wednesday
April 11, 2018
The North Hills and Upper St. Clair baseball teams, which got a headstart to their schedules down south, each could add their WPIAL-leading seventh win

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Mars' Robby Carmody takes on four Abington Heights defenders during the PIAA Class 2A boys state championship game Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Mars’ Robby Carmody
Robby Carmody's senior-year mission was clear: Earn Mars its first WPIAL basketball title. Mission accomplished. But it's what Carmody did along the way to lead

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Charters-Houston's Alexa Williamson grabs a rebound between Vincentian's Alana Winkler and Katie Barlett (21) during the WPIAL Class 2A girls basketball final March 1, 2018, at Petersen Events Center.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Chartiers-Houston’s Alexa Williamson
Alexa Williamson created a mismatch for most teams. The 6-foot-1 senior dominated in the paint for Chartiers-Houston, led the WPIAL in scoring, averaged a double-double

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3 top-ranked softball teams face a tough section test Monday
April 9, 2018
The Mt. Pleasant, South Park and Chartiers-Houston softball teams are playing Monday for more than their top-ranked status in the WPIAL. All three No. 1s

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Trib 10 basketball: 2,000-point scorers lead all-star selections
April 7, 2018
This was a big year for big scorers. There are four seniors among the Trib 10 all-stars who reached the 2,000-point mark this season, a

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Back in Miami, Thomas Burns has nation’s top hurdles time — again
April 6, 2018
Thomas Burns disappointed more than a few WPIAL track fans this winter when the star hurdler transferred home to Miami. Here's why: The former Pine-Richland

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Butler’s Ethan Morton offered scholarship by new Pitt coach Jeff Capel
West Virginia, Penn State and Duquesne had offered Ethan Morton a basketball scholarship, along with Purdue, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Iowa and a few others. Pitt

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Aquinas Academy hires George Yokitis as boys basketball coach
Basketball coach George Yokitis, the state's Class A coach of the year in 2011, was hired Friday to lead Aquinas Academy's boys team. Yokitis previously

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West Allegheny baseball’s debut among Friday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
West Allegheny baseball already had six wins in the scorebook before April 6 last season, but the highly ranked Indians are winless right now. And

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East Allegheny’s Amani Johnson named WBCA honorable mention All-American
April 5, 2018
East Allegheny senior Amani Johnson, who'll graduate with 2,345 career points, earned honorable mention All-American honors from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. The WBCA chose

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Gateway freshman Derrick Davis adds Michigan football offer
April 4, 2018
Gateway freshman Derrick Davis has almost three years to pick a college, but his number of options keeps growing. Davis on Wednesday announced a football

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Undefeated USC, Canon-Mac on deck in Wednesday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
All eyes are on the weather forecast this week, which calls for wind and possibly rain Wednesday morning with an afternoon temperature near 40. It's

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Mars sophomore Michael Carmody (right) and his father Rob Carmody celebrated an international basketball title Tuesday, April 3, 2018, when Team Ohio won the Junior International Tournament in Lissone, Italy.
Mars’ Michael Carmody celebrates international basketball title in Italy
April 3, 2018
Vincitore! Mars sophomore Michael Carmody and his father/coach Rob Carmody celebrated an international basketball title Tuesday when Team Ohio won the Junior International Tournament in

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Penn Hills linebacker Darrell Mason added to Big 33 roster
April 2, 2018
Penn Hills linebacker Darrell Mason was added Monday to Pennsylvania's roster for the Big 33 Football Classic. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Robert Morris commit originally was

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Bishop Canevin's Diajha Allen is pressured by Neumann-Goretti's Diamond Johnson during the PIAA Class 3A girls state championship game Monday, March 26, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA board shows willingness to tackle transfer issues
March 30, 2018
Two rules enacted this week showed that the current PIAA board of directors views transfers as a serious problem, said WPIAL president Scott Seltzer. andquot;I

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West Allegheny outfielder Austin Hendrick fields a ball by Greater Latrobe in PIAA class 5A baseball quarterfinals at Consol Energy Park, on Thursday, June 08, 2017.
2 WPIAL baseball underclassmen named preseason All-Americans
Pine-Richland infielder Troy LaNeve and West Allegheny outfielder Austin Hendrick received preseason underclassmen All-American honors Friday from Perfect Game. The amateur baseball scouting organization, which

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The Mars girls basketball team celebrates with the PIAA championship trophy after defeating Archbishop Wood in the Class 5A state final Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Mars girls edge Archbishop Wood to capture 1st PIAA title
March 28, 2018
HERSHEY — Mars junior Tai Johnson chased after Archbishop Wood as the Philadelphia Catholic League powerhouse held for the final shot, looking for any chance

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Mars' Robby Carmody drives past Abington Heights' Mike Malone during the PIAA Class 5A boys state championship game Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Robby Carmody scores 34 but Mars boys fall to Abington Heights in PIAA title game
March 27, 2018
HERSHEY — Robby Carmody spent the final 86 seconds on the Giant Center bench, sitting beside his brother Michael and teammate Cade Hetzler, who all

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OLSH's Dante Spadafora drives past Constitution's Damon Wall during the PIAA Class 2A boys state championship game Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey.
OLSH’s rally falls short as Constitution wins PIAA Class 2A boys basketball title
HERSHEY — As Dante Spadafora was about to leave Hershey with his Our Lady of the Sacred Heart teammates, the freshman point guard made a

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Mars' Michael Carmody scores over Hampton's Ryan Dayton during 5-A boys PIAA first round action Friday, March 9, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
PIAA Class 5A boys basketball championship preview: Mars vs. Abington Heights
Class 5A boys Mars (25-4) vs. Abington Heights (26-3) 8 p.m. Tuesday, Giant Center, Hershey Starting lineups Mars Coach: Rob Carmody No., name, position, height,

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OLSH's Austin Wigley battles Sewickley Academy's Nate Ridgeway for a rebound during their PIAA Class 2A state semifinal Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at Peters Township High School.
PIAA Class 2A boys basketball championship preview: OLSH vs. Constitution
Class 2A boys OLSH (26-3) vs. Constitution (20-11) 2 p.m. Tuesday, Giant Center, Hershey Starting lineups Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Coach: Mike Rodriguez

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Imhotep Charter's Elijah Taylor blocks a shot by Sharon's Ramell Askerneese during the PIAA Class 4A boys state championship game Monday, March 26, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Imhotep Charter defeats Sharon in PIAA 4A final
Sharon was celebrating its first state championship appearance in six decades, but the Tigers found little else to cheer Monday night in Hershey. Imhotep Charter's

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Bishop Canevin's Shamyjha Price (32) is consoled by Lauren Gamble after their 63-46 loss to Neumann-Goretti in the PIAA Class 3A girls state championship game Monday, March 26, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Bishop Canevin girls fall to Neumann-Goretti in PIAA title game for 2nd straight season
March 26, 2018
HERSHEY — There's no reason to feel embarrassed or ashamed after Monday's championship loss to Neumann-Goretti, said Bishop Canevin coach Scott Dibble, at least not

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PIAA board targets midseason transfers with new rule
March 25, 2018
Midseason transfers will be declared ineligible under a rule the PIAA board of directors is poised to approve Monday. Under the new restrictions, if an

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Swimmers leap off their starting blocks for the start of the 500 freestyle during the WPIAL Swim Championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool in Oakland on March 2, 2018.
4 schools join Class AA in updated WPIAL swimming alignment
The boys and girls swim teams at Chartiers Valley, Laurel Highlands, McKeesport and Montour will drop to Class AA next season. The WPIAL board of

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Pine-Richland's Phil Jurkovec walks from the court after an overtime loss to Roman Catholic in a PIAA Class 6A semifinal Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Chambersburg High School.
Pine-Richland loses in OT, denied return trip to Hershey
March 24, 2018
Tied with 72 seconds left, Pine-Richland held the ball and Roman Catholic held its breath. The Rams were holding for a last-second shot that would

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Quaker Valley's Coletrane Washington scores past Sharon's Elite Williams (5), James McKinney (2) and Tristan Ballard during their PIAA Class 4A semifinal Monday, March 19, 2018, at New Castle High School.
ITPS cancels underclassmen showcase games
March 23, 2018
Organizers want the first ITPS Cancer Sucks charity basketball games to be a controversy-free success, so they've canceled the underclassmen contests that drew critics. Now,

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Mars’ Robby Carmody (24) shoots against Neumann-Goretti’s Rasheed Browne during the PIAA Class AAA boys basketball championship Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Neumann-Goretti won 99-66.
PIAA postpones basketball semifinals to Saturday, finals next week
March 21, 2018
With the state blanketed in snow, the PIAA postponed its boys and girls basketball championship until next week. The state finals are now Monday-Wednesday. The

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OLSH's Austin Wigley celebrates his game-winning shot to defeat Sewickley Academy, 70-68 in overtime, during their PIAA Class 2A state semifinal Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at Peters Township High School.
OLSH defeats rival Sewickley Academy in overtime to reach PIAA Class 2A final
March 20, 2018
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Sewickley Academy know one another as well as any section rivals in the WPIAL. So, OLSH added a

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PIAA postpones Pine-Richland, CWNC, Mars state basketball semifinals
With snow in the forecast, the PIAA postponed many of Tuesday night's state basketball semifinal to Thursday. The delays will affect the Pine-Richland boys, the

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Quaker Valley’s offense struggles in PIAA semifinal loss to Sharon
For Quaker Valley, this was the kind of night where even a breakaway layup bounced off the side of the rim. Sharon quickly grabbed that

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Former player Mike Warfield accepts Aliquippa head coaching position
March 19, 2018
Aliquippa's next football coach is a former player from the 1980s, but not the one many had expected. Former Quips quarterback Mike Warfield said the

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WPIAL notebook: Seton Hill to host softball title games; Cross country moves to Cal (Pa.)
The WPIAL softball and cross country championships are on the move. The WPIAL board of directors voted Monday to move the softball finals to Seton

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PIAA basketball semifinals top Monday’s 3 things to watch
The Mars and Quaker Valley boys basketball teams had just two days to put their quarterfinal wins behind them. After winning Friday night, each team

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North Allegheny’s Ayden Owens named finalist for national award
Fresh off winning a national hurdles title, North Allegheny senior Ayden Owens was named this week as a finalist for MileSplit male athlete of the

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Former NFL player Sean Gilbert finalist to coach Aliquippa football
March 18, 2018
Former NFL player Sean Gilbert is among three finalists to become Aliquippa's next football coach. Gilbert, Cornell coach Ed Dawson and Central Valley assistant Mike

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Bishop Canevin, East Allegheny to rematch in PIAA girls semifinals
WPIAL finalists Bishop Canevin and East Allegheny will rematch Monday night with a trip to Hershey awaiting the winner. The teams will play at Gateway

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5 WPIAL boys teams reach PIAA basketball semifinals
So far this season, Sewickley Academy and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart played one another for the section title and the WPIAL title. The

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ITPS Classic charity basketball games face resistance over underclassmen participation
As an event organizer, Shane Phillips has read and reread Article IX of the PIAA bylaws, particularly Section 2 that deals with all-star games. The

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Pine-Richland scores last to defeat Allderdice in PIAA quarterfinal
March 17, 2018
Pine-Richland's Dan Petcash almost couldn't miss a shot, while teammate Greg Shulkosky had made just one basket all afternoon. With the score tied Saturday and

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Aliquippa could hire football coach Wednesday to replace Mike Zmijanac
Aliquippa could have its next football coach in place within days. Three finalists will interview Monday with the entire school board, said Aliquippa superintendent Pete

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Early deficit too much for New Castle in PIAA quarterfinal loss
There just wasn't enough time for New Castle to fix all that went wrong in the first five minutes. District 10 champion Sharon used a

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Stopping Carmody, Mars no easy task for Highlands boys basketball
March 15, 2018
If there's a blueprint for attacking Mars, it usually starts here: Don't let Robby Carmody have a monster night. Of course, that's easier said than

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Allderdice gets defense to oust WPIAL champion Penn Hills from PIAA playoffs
The outcome didn't surprise Allderdice's Terrell Childs in the least, but he was shocked by the numbers on Baldwin's scoreboard. andquot;Forty-one to forty-fourandquot; A raucous

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Sites and times announced for Friday’s PIAA basketball quarterfinals
March 14, 2018
The PIAA announced sites and times for Friday's state basketball quarterfinals and the schedule includes an all-WPIAL doubleheader at Gateway. WPIAL Class 5A boys champion

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Robby Carmody leads Mars to fourth straight PIAA quarterfinal
As Mars' Robby Carmody walked to the bench with three first-half fouls, the Trinity student section chanted with delight. The strategy on the court and

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Upper St. Clair replaces Hampton in PIHL semifinals
March 13, 2018
The PIHL announced Tuesday that Hampton used an ineligible hockey player in last week's quarterfinal win and therefore will be replaced by Upper St. Clair

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PTFCA announces all-state honors for indoor track
March 12, 2018
North Allegheny hurdler Ayden Owens and the Seneca Valley boys distance medley earned first-team honors Monday night when the PTFCA announced its indoor track all-state

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WPIAL boys tennis openers among Monday’s 3 things to watch
The weather forecast predicts a high temperature in the mid-40s Monday afternoon with a chance of snow flurries earlier in the day, but the WPIAL

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NA’s Owens wins national hurdles title, breaks state record
March 11, 2018
North Allegheny hurdler Ayden Owens won a national title Sunday and set a state record at the same time. The senior won the 60-meter hurdles

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PIAA girls basketball pairings: North Allegheny rematches Altoona again
It's Round 3 for North Allegheny and Altoona girls basketball. The WPIAL champion's undefeated record could be tested Tuesday night when North Allegheny (26-0) faces

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PIAA boys basketball pairings: WPIAL, City League champions collide at Baldwin
It's the WPIAL champion vs. the City League champion. Penn Hills and Allderdice will play Wednesday night at Baldwin in a PIAA Class 6A boys

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New pools could let Upper St. Clair start water polo team
They're rare in Western Pennsylvania, but Upper St. Clair could start a water polo program in the not too distant future. That's one of options

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North Allegheny’s Ayden Owens places second in pentathlon at nationals
North Allegheny's Ayden Owens took second in the pentathlon Saturday at the New Balance Indoor Nationals, but wasn't able to topple defending champion Kyle Garland.

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Blaufeld carries Allderdice past Mt. Lebanon in PIAA first-round victory
March 10, 2018
Allderdice's Jackson Blaufeld is an opponent you love to watch, said Mt. Lebanon coach Joe David after sharing a gym with the junior Saturday. andquot;But

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North Allegheny stays undefeated with PIAA 1st-round win
This win really wasn't much different than North Allegheny's other 25 this season, insisted coach Spencer Stefko. Yes, the Tigers played Friday without star point

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Quaker Valley drops Grove City to reach PIAA 2nd round
Quaker Valley's Ryan Stowers wasn't arrogant enough to think he couldn't miss, but he also knew he hadn't missed all night. Three 3s, five 2s

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First-round PIAA basketball games among Friday’s 3 things to watch
March 9, 2018
The PIAA basketball playoffs start Friday night with first-round contests in Class 5A, 4A and A boys and Class 6A, 3A and 2A girls. In

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Record-setting football coach Tom Nola considers return to sideline
March 8, 2018
Retired football coach Tom Nola considered a comeback this winter while relaxing on the beaches of sunny Florida. andquot;I went to a few games last

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Mars’ Robby Carmody wins Pa. Gatorade Player of the Year, joins star-studded list
Robby Carmody joined a star-studded list that includes Kobe Bryant and Rasheed Wallace when the Mars basketball player was named Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the

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Sto-Rox receives $250,000 grant from NFL Foundation for turf
March 7, 2018
The grass is looking greener for Sto-Rox football. The Steelers announced Tuesday that the school would receive a $250,000 matching grant through the NFL Foundation

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Five things to watch for the PIAA basketball tournament
Will the City of Brotherly Love show some compassion to the rest of the state Since Philadelphia high schools joined PIAA basketball more than a

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Upper St. Clair building new aquatics center at high school
March 6, 2018
Upper St. Clair will build a new aquatics center at the high school that includes an eight-lane pool and a separate special-use pool suitable for

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It’s officially spring for PIAA baseball, softball, lacrosse and track athletes
March 5, 2018
It's officially spring, at least for high school athletes. With afternoon temperatures near 40, Monday was the first day across Pennsylvania that spring sports teams

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Pine-Richland football announces, deletes Week Zero matchup with IMG Academy
Call it a false start. Pine-Richland's football team announced Monday on Twitter that it will start next season against Florida powerhouse IMG Academy, which finished

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Penn Hills boys foil Pine-Richland’s 3-peat bid in WPIAL Class 6A final
March 4, 2018
Confident and comfortable were the words Cory Fulton chose to describe Penn Hills' halftime mood while trailing a two-time defending champion in the WPIAL finals.

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PIAA girls basketball pairings: Top teams from WPIAL Class 3A scheduled for triple-header
The top three girls basketball teams in WPIAL Class 3A will share a gym Friday night for the first round of the state playoffs. Peters

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PIAA boys basketball pairings: ‘Round 4’ awaits section rivals in 5A bracket
It's Round 4 of Mars vs. Hampton and Franklin Regional vs. Highlands. The Class 5A section rivals will open the PIAA boys basketball playoffs Friday

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Penn Hills boys foil Pine-Richland’s 3-peat bid in WPIAL Class 6A final
March 3, 2018
Confident and comfortable were the words Cory Fulton chose to describe Penn Hills' halftime mood while trailing a two-time defending champion in the WPIAL finals.

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Pine-Richland's Phil Jurkovec (l), Colin Luellen and Dan Petcash (r) after beating Woodland Hills in 6-A boys semifinal at North Hills Middle School
WPIAL Class 6A boys final preview: A third consecutive title would earn Pine-Richland place in WPIAL history
Three years, three trips to the WPIAL finals for Pine-Richland, but each has had a different story. andquot;The first year we wanted to do it

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Sewickley Academy edges rival OLSH to defend WPIAL Class 2A boys title
March 2, 2018
After just 10 minutes under the Petersen Events Center lights, Sewickley Academy owned a 21-point lead and seemed ready for a championship rout. Our Lady

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Lincoln Park boys take down Seton LaSalle in WPIAL Class 3A title game
March 1, 2018
Lincoln Park's Keeno Holmes knows there are two silver medals stashed away somewhere in his home, but he can't say exactly where because he never

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Pine-Richland's Phil Jurkovec (l), Colin Luellen and Dan Petcash (r) after beating Woodland Hills in 6-A boys semifinal at North Hills Middle School
Balanced scoring effort helps Pine-Richland top Woodland Hills, advance to 3rd straight WPIAL title game
February 28, 2018
When Pine-Richland coach Jeff Ackermann glanced at the scoreboard, what he saw worried him. It wasn't so much the third-quarter score — the Rams were

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WPIAL Class 6A, 4A boys semifinals on deck in Wednesday’s games to watch
February 27, 2018
Pine-Richland, New Castle and Quaker Valley already know the way to Petersen Events Center. Those three finalists from last season will try to earn return

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic starters celebrate beating Central Valley during 4-A girls WPIAL semifinal Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 at Moon High School.
Strong 2nd quarter propels No. 1 CW North Catholic past Central Valley in WPIAL semifinals
February 26, 2018
As the preseason title favorites, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic coach Molly Rottmann admitted she was a little nervous for Monday night's WPIAL semifinal. andquot;You've been

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Seton LaSalle boys top CWNC to reach WPIAL Class 3A final
With 12.7 seconds left, Seton LaSalle's Nick Deanes admitted, his mind wandered back to last February. A year ago, Deanes saw two free throws rim

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Section rivals face semifinal rematches in Monday’s 3 boys games to watch
The semifinals are full of familiar names. In Class 3A and A, the two brackets in action Monday, the eight semifinalists have combined for 11

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Stall tactics pay off for Penn Hills in WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal win over Central Catholic
February 24, 2018
Quickness is usually Penn Hills' game. The Indians use tempo to force other teams into mistakes and use their speed for transition baskets. Yet, earlier

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Baskets scarce as Franklin Regional edges Moon in WPIAL quarterfinals
February 23, 2018
Two free throws in the final 22 seconds by junior Nick Leopold accounted for Franklin Regional's entire offensive output for the fourth quarter. Somehow, those

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Semifinal spots available for Class 6A, A girls in 3 games to watch Friday
Two dominant girls favorites begin their postseasons Friday when North Allegheny in Class 6A and Winchester Thurston in Class A finally make their playoff debuts

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After first-round byes, top seeds in Class 5A, 2A finally join boys basketball playoffs in 3 games to watch Friday
After enjoying first-round byes, the top seeds in Class 5A and 2A finally join the WPIAL playoff action Friday night with a trip to the

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Imani Christian assistant coach LaRoi Johnson yells to the crowd during play against Jeannette during the WPIAL Class 1A championship Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
Sto-Rox hires LaRoi Johnson as football coach
As an Imani Christian assistant, LaRoi Johnson admired Sto-Rox's potential from across the football field. But what Johnson didn't know in November was that he'd

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Aliquippa head coach Mike Zmijanac checks his play book during the third fourth quarter against Central Valley Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Center.
Aliquippa school board votes to open position of football coach Mike Zmijanac
February 21, 2018
Mike Zmijanac listened quietly from the small auditorium's seats as a former player and several others asked the Aliquippa school board to let the hall

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Class 3A girls bracket begins after weeklong wait in 3 games to watch Wednesday
After waiting for more than a week, the WPIAL Class 3A girls basketball teams start their postseason on Wednesday with four first-round matchups between seeds

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Class 4A boys bracket includes 2017 rematch in 3 games to watch Wednesday
The boys basketball schedule Wednesday includes only four games, all from the Class 4A bracket. The top four teams received bye, so the matchups involve

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Hampton boys hold off Gateway rally with last-second stand
With 1.8 seconds left in a two-point game, the in-bounds pass was destined for Gateway's JP Kromka. Gateway knew it. Hampton knew it. Even so,

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Central Catholic's Khalil Weathers (19) rushes the ball downfield during Central Catholic's game against North Allegheny at North Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
11 from WPIAL chosen for Big 33 Football Classic
February 20, 2018
Central Catholic teammates David Green, Khalil Weathers and Liam Slattery were among the players picked to represent Pennsylvania in the 61st annual Big 33 Football

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Aliquippa head coach Mike Zmijanac brings his team together before playing Derry during the WPIAL Class AAA semifinal on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 at Fox Chapel High School. Aliquippa won 46-20.
Aliquippa school board to consider replacing football coach Mike Zmijanac
The Aliquippa school board could vote Wednesday to replace football coach Mike Zmijanac after 21 seasons and 13 trips to the WPIAL finals. Zmijanac led

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Butler's Ethan Morton (25) moves the ball up the court during their WPIAL playoff game against Latrobe on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School. Latrobe won 73-66.
WPIAL releases winter sports alignment for next 2-year cycle
February 19, 2018
With six classifications, it's almost impossible to keep all the sections similarly sized and still create geographically friendly sections. andquot;It's awful, it's terrible,andquot; WPIAL executive

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Gateway's Tui Faumuina-Brown sacks Penn-Trafford quarterback Cam Laffoon during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL sets football playoff format, schedules 4 finals at Heinz Field
The WPIAL created a good-news, bad-news scenario for its Class A football teams. The good news: The finalists from the smallest classification will play their

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Belle Vernon players celebrate with the championship trophy after defeating Yough in the WPIAL Class 4A softball final Thursday, June 1 2017, at California University.
WPIAL seeks new championship sites for softball, cross country
The WPIAL is searching for new venues to host its softball and cross country championships. California University of Pennsylvania has renovations planned for its softball

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No holiday for Class 3A boys basketball teams in Monday’s 3 games to watch
February 18, 2018
The WPIAL basketball playoffs almost take the day off Monday as students and teachers celebrate Presidents Day. But there is a four-game schedule from the

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Bishop Canevin hires former Ambridge AD Randy Cosgrove
Bishop Canevin recently hired Randy Cosgrove as athletic director, reuniting the former Ambridge administrator with high school sports. andquot;I really wanted to get back into

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Pine-Richland rallies to take down Bethel Park in 1st round
Two-time defending WPIAL champion Pine-Richland was about 6 minutes away from an early exit. The reigning champ was andquot;staggered,andquot; Bethel Park coach Josh Bears said,

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North Allegheny’s Ayden Owens celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Boy's Class AAA 300 meter hurdles at the PIAA track and field individual championships at Shippensburg University on Saturday, May 27, 2017.
NA’s Owens runs nation’s 2nd-fastest hurdles time at TSTCA championship
North Allegheny senior Ayden Owens won three titles and recorded the season's second-fastest 60-meter hurdle title time in the country Saturday at the Tri-State Track

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WPIAL’s five-year probation is ‘ridiculous’ and ‘setting you up for failure,’ says Monessen superint…
February 14, 2018
Students currently in elementary school shouldn't be punished for a high school basketball brawl, said Monessen Superintendent Leanne Spazak, who wants the WPIAL-imposed five-year probation

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Armstrong coach shocked when WPIAL omits team from basketball brackets
Nobody was more surprised to see the WPIAL playoff brackets than Armstrong boys basketball coach Greg Hutcherson. When the Class 5A bracket was revealed Tuesday

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Breaking down the 2018 WPIAL boys basketball playoffs
February 13, 2018
Here's a breakdown of the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs: CLASS 6A Favorite: Led by Antonio Garofoli (17 ppg), Mt. Lebanon shoots 3-pointers by the dozen.

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Mt. Lebanon boys earn top seed in Class 6A as WPIAL playoff pairings are released
If the WPIAL ran the Class 6A boys basketball tournament five times, it might crown five different champions. That's the opinion of Mt. Lebanon coach

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WPIAL puts Clairton, Monessen athletics on unprecedented 5-year probation
February 12, 2018
The Clairton and Monessen boys basketball teams are allowed to participate in the playoffs this season, but the WPIAL levied player suspensions and an unprecedented

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Sewickley Academy, OLSH trade spots in boys basketball state rankings
The Sewickley Academy and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart boys basketball teams switched spots in the Class 2A state rankings this week, with Sewickley

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Favorites clear for WPIAL girls basketball playoffs but other seeds debatable
The WPIAL playoff brackets won't be revealed until Tuesday night's pairings meeting, but the No. 1 seeds in girls basketball shouldn't be much of a

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Who draws the No. 1 seed: Central Catholic, Mt. Lebanon or Woodland Hills?
The WPIAL basketball steering committee, a 15-person panel chaired by Hampton athletic director Bill Cardone, will gather Monday to seed playoff brackets. The committee members

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Chartiers-Houston’s Williamson third WPIAL scorer to reach 2,000 this season
February 11, 2018
For the third time this season, a WPIAL basketball player joined the 2,000-points club. Chartiers-Houston senior Alexa Williamson accomplished the career milestone this week, joining

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Class 6A football coaches have mixed opinions on playoff possibilities
February 10, 2018
If the WPIAL lets eight out of nine teams into the Class 6A football playoffs, then the regular season should come with a caveat. andquot;The

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High school basketball rankings for week of Feb. 11
rankings Basketball Boys Class 6A Rank, school, record, previous 1. Mt. Lebanon, 19-3, 3 2. Woodland Hills, 19-3, — 3. Fox Chapel, 17-4, 5 4.

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Sewickley Academy's Isiah Warfield celebrates as time expires in a 66-61 win over OLSH Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at Sewickley Academy.
No. 2 Sewickley Academy boys avenge loss to No. 1 OLSH
Sewickley Academy's Isiah Warfield felt like his jump shot was maybe a little off Friday night, but from roughly 15 feet he couldn't miss. The

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Central Catholic names Alumni Hall court after longtime coach Crummie
February 9, 2018
Central Catholic surprised longtime boys basketball coach Chuck Crummie by naming the Alumni Hall court for him Friday night. Crummie has coached the team for

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A brawl broke out between the Monessen and Clairton boys basketball teams during their game Feb. 6, 2018, at Clairton.
Clairton to allow only families, guardians at Friday’s game
Only the parents and guardians of players will be allowed to attend Friday night's boys basketball game at Clairton, the school's administration announced in response

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OLSH-Sewickley Academy rematch part of 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
Two points separated Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Sewickley Academy when the boys basketball teams met last month. OLSH won 70-68, breaking their

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23 WPIAL football players chosen for East-West game
February 7, 2018
One more time, Pine-Richland football coach Eric Kasperowicz, running back Jordan Crawford and wideout Raymond Falcone will try to win together in Altoona. Crawford and

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The WPIAL’s top 10 football prospects for the Class of 2019
1. Andrew Kristofic Pine-Richland 6-6, 260, offensive line Kristofic's status took another giant leap Feb. 1 when Clemson offered him a scholarship, adding to a

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WPIAL seeks response from Clairton, Monessen after brawl
The boys basketball brawl between Clairton and Monessen was andquot;awful,andquot; said WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley, who requested immediate written reports from each school's administration.

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A quieter signing day part of 3 things to watch Wednesday in WPIAL athletics
It's signing day. This, the first Wednesday in February, is traditionally the date high school football recruits sign their letters of intent and fax them

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Woodland Hills captures at least share of section title
Woodland Hills' Amante Britt, the school's all-time leading scorer, was one whistle away from fouling out of his final home game. With about 3 minutes

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Winning streak carries Washington into boys state basketball rankings
February 5, 2018
A 10-game winning streak earned Washington a spot in the state boys basketball rankings this week. Washington is No. 10 in Class 3A according to

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Blackhawk girls’ attempt to avenge lone loss among 3 things to watch Monday in WPIAL athletics
Could the Central Valley girls basketball team hand Blackhawk a second loss So far, the Beaver County rival is the only team this season to

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Eagles’ trick play? Pine-Richland pulled it off three years earlier
Super Bowl LII stirred memories for some WPIAL football coaches, fans and former players. The Philadelphia Eagles ran a trick play for a touchdown Sunday

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Montour’s Brayden Jones commits to Robert Morris
February 3, 2018
Montour senior Brayden Jones, an all-conference running back and linebacker, announced his commitment Friday to Robert Morris. Jones (6-1, 215) led Montour with 675 rushing

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Moon basketball uses ‘run the football’ strategy to defeat No. 1 Mars
With a slim lead and only a few minutes left, Moon's boys basketball team embraced a Super Bowl-worthy strategy. andquot;We wanted to run the football

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Boys basketball playoffs seeding in play as part of 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
February 1, 2018
Only 11 days remain in the regular season for WPIAL boys basketball teams, with playoff brackets scheduled to be announced Feb. 13. But there's still

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Harlan on recruiting: Early-signing period takes buzz away from signing day
This week is traditionally a busy time for college football assistants who hurry to as many high schools as possible before signing day arrives on

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Gateway quarterback Brady Walker is sacked by Archbishop Wood's Joe Wade during the first quarter of the PIAA Class 5A state championship game Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Gateway’s Brady Walker, second among all-time WPIAL passers, commits to West Virginia Wesleyan
January 31, 2018
Gateway quarterback Brady Walker, the second-leading passer in WPIAL history, announced his commitment Tuesday to West Virginia Wesleyan. The Buckhannon, W.Va., school competes in the

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The Daily 3: Your Guide to the WPIAL
WPIAL team wrestling tournaments among 3 things to watch Wednesday in WPIAL athletics
Thirty-one wrestling teams enter Wednesday with a chance to win a WPIAL team title. By the end of the day, that number will be down

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Pine-Richland's Kenny White battles Central Catholic's Brandon Boyce for a loose ball during their game Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in Oakland.
Pine-Richland boys get section win over Central Catholic
With about two weeks left on the schedule, Pine-Richland coach Jeff Ackermann finally started the lineup he had expected to use all season. The Rams'

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Gateway's Courtney Jackson catches a touchdown pass next to Penn-Trafford's Caleb Lisbon during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL releases football schedules, revives Mt. Lebanon-Upper St. Clair rivalry
January 30, 2018
Six-class expansion broke up many WPIAL football rivalries, but Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair will revive theirs this season. The WPIAL on Tuesday released

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Canon-Mac's Andrew Engel pulls down a rebound in front of Mt. Lebanon's Hayden Mitchell during their game Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2017, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Allderdice, Canon-McMillan, Jeannette enter PIAA boys basketball rankings
January 29, 2018
A day after rising to No. 1 in the Trib's WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball rankings, Canon-McMillan earned a spot in the City of Basketball

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Butler's Luke Patten (rt) blocks the shot of Pine-Richland's Andrew Kristofic Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 at Pine-Richland High School.
Pine-Richland basketball welcomes back Andrew Kristofic in time for the WPIAL playoffs
Andrew Kristofic didn't need a basket or even a rebound to draw a warm cheer from Pine-Richland's home crowd. All he needed was to stand

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Preliminary matches in WPIAL team wrestling tournament among 3 things to watch Monday in WPIAL athletics
The WPIAL team wrestling tournament starts Monday at Franklin Regional with four preliminary round matches in Class AAA. Most qualifiers must wait until Wednesday when

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Knoch's Jordan Geist competes in the boys Class AAA shot put at the PIAA track and field individual championships at Shippensburg University on Friday, May 26, 2017. Geist won the gold medal in the event with a throw of 71-4.5.
WPIAL, PIAA record-holder Jordan Geist sets NCAA freshman shot put mark
January 28, 2018
Former WPIAL phenom Jordan Geist, now a freshman at Arizona, broke the university's shot put record Saturday and established a new NCAA record for freshmen.

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Butler's Ethan Morton Pine-Richland's Dan Petcash and Andrew Krisofic (23) Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 at Pine-Richland High School.
Butler boys top Pine-Richland thanks to Morton’s buzzer-beater
January 27, 2018
As Ethan Morton's final shot fell through the net, a buzzer-beater from beyond the arc, Butler's student section flooded the floor. The star sophomore said

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Mt. Lebanon's Aidan Cain stiff-arms Hempfield's Austin Gockel during the second half Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Mt. Lebanon wideout Aidan Cain commits to William & Mary
When college recruiters visited Mt. Lebanon, football coach Mike Melnyk told them to keep their eyes on little-known Aidan Cain. The wideout had Division 1

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Moon's Jarrod Simmons blocks Hampton's Antonio Ionadi during the WPIAL Class 5A boys' basketball championship Friday, March 3, 2017, at the Petersen Events Center.
PIAA fixes basketball playoff quirk that forces first-round rematches
January 26, 2018
The state basketball tournament is typically a time for facing unfamiliar opponents from across Pennsylvania. But when Moon's boys team won a WPIAL title last

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Butler asks new coach Christy to bolster football roster
Butler removed the interim label from coach Eric Christy's job title. The Golden Tornado formally promoted Christy, who started last season as the team's offensive

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Moon's Delaney Snyder celebrates after her team won the PIAA Class 3A girls soccer title Nov. 18, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
MaxPreps to honor state champion Moon girls soccer team
The MaxPreps Tournament of Champions will visit Moon on Friday night to honor the school's state champion girls soccer team. The Tigers will receive the

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Boys basketball sections take shape with 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
January 25, 2018
Only three Friday nights remain in the boys basketball regular season and this week's section slate features a few key rematches that will shape title

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Archbishop Wood's Adrian Lambert runs over Gateway's Brendan Majocha during the third quarter of the PIAA Class 5A state championship game Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
PIAA puts Philadelphia football powers in WPIAL champions’ paths to Hershey
The road to Hershey will run directly through Philadelphia for WPIAL Class 6A and 5A football teams. The WPIAL and District 12, which contains Philadelphia's

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Canon-Mac's Tommy Samosky (30) and Jason Fowlkes celebrate after defeating Mt. Lebanon, 69-64, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2017, at Canon-McMillan High School.
No. 5 Canon-McMillan boys hone in on section title after toppling No. 1 Mt. Lebanon
January 24, 2018
Tucked away in the Canon-McMillan coaches office was an old blue-and-gold banner that commemorated the boys basketball team's one and only section title, won by

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The Daily 3: Your Guide to the WPIAL
Section wrestling tournaments among 3 things to watch Wednesday in WPIAL athletics
The section wrestling tournaments arrive Wednesday night with matches at seven host sites and 28 teams vying for the titles. First-round matches start at 6

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: Stefen Wisniewski #61 of the Philadelphia Eagles jumps into the stands after a third quarter touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Big 33 Football Classic alums to compete in Super Bowl for 52nd straight year
January 22, 2018
For the 52nd year in a row, the Big 33 Football Classic and the Super Bowl remain linked. Every Super Bowl matchup has included at

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Quaker Valley's Danny Conlan scores past Ambridge's Tay Lindsey during their game Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Leetsdale.
Quaker Valley, OLSH rise to second in state boys basketball rankings
No WPIAL boys basketball teams are ranked first in the state, but Quaker Valley and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart each jumped to second

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The Daily 3: Your Guide to the WPIAL
Peters Township, Bethel Park rematch of 1-point game among 3 things to watch Monday in WPIAL athletics
January 21, 2018
One point separated Peters Township and Bethel Park when the girls basketball teams played late last month. Makenna Marissa's three-point play with 30 seconds left

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Former Woodland Hills RB Jo-El Shaw picks Kent State
January 20, 2018
Former Woodland Hills running back Jo-El Shaw, who played two seasons at Lackawanna College, announced Saturday he's transferring to Kent State. Shaw rushed for 848

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Gateway's Courtney Jackson catches a touchdown pass next to Penn-Trafford's Caleb Lisbon during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
Harlan on recruiting: Toledo coaches impressed by WPIAL athletes
January 19, 2018
Within a six-minute span early this week, Woodland Hills junior Mike Coleman and Gateway teammates Courtney Jackson and Jeremiah Josephs announced scholarship offers from Toledo

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Mars' Michael Carmody drives into Moon's Brady Sunday during their game Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2017, at Mars Area High School in Adams.
Mars’ Michael Carmody making a name for himself in football, basketball
Michael Carmody is known as Robby's little brother, but the Mars sophomore is anything but little. And football coaches have noticed. Carmody, who's 6-foot-6 and

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The Daily 3: Your Guide to the WPIAL
Boys basketball section rematches are part of 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
January 18, 2018
A number of boys basketball sections have reached the season's midway point, so it's time battle everybody again. Among Friday night's games is a section

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Jeannette's Seth Howard (8) stiff arms Imani Christian's Rahmon Hart Jr. (11) but fumbles the ball during the WPIAL 1A Championship on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
WPIAL won’t force teams to play Week Zero games
Week Zero remains optional. The WPIAL will not schedule football games for that flex week, letting schools once again decide whether to play a second

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Penn Hills High School
Penn Hills used ineligible wrestler
January 17, 2018
Penn Hills let a student from Serra Catholic wrestle several matches this season for its team despite not being enrolled in the district, WPIAL executive

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Section wrestling finales among 3 things to watch Wednesday in WPIAL athletics
Wednesday marks the final night of section matches on the WPIAL wrestling schedule, and several head-to-head contests will decide sub-section winners. Among them, in Class

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Quaker Valley's Coletrane Washington drives between Ambridge's De'Marri Jones (5) and Monterey Carpenter during their game Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Leetsdale.
Top-ranked Quaker Valley gets defensive to defeat No. 2 Ambridge
With Drexel recruit Coletrane Washington in the lineup, Quaker Valley can score with anybody in the WPIAL, so a 23-point quarter isn't all that unusual.

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Penn-Trafford's Caleb Lisbon (10) is tripped up by Upper St. Clair's Matt Kissinger (20) but not before scoring a touchdown during a WPIAL playoff game on Friday Nov. 10, 2017 at West Mifflin.
Geography helps shape Class 5A as WPIAL releases new football conference alignment
January 16, 2018
The WPIAL strives for short road trips, so the football committee used color-coded maps and mileage charts to divide its 120 teams into conferences for

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Pine-Richland's Raymond Falcone catches a pass in front of St. Joseph's Prep's Devon Dickerson during the second quarter of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
WPIAL announces alignment for fall sports, some spring sports
January 15, 2018
The WPIAL today released section and conference alignments for the next two years for fall sports and some spring sports. Here's a look at where

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The Daily 3: Your Guide to the WPIAL
WPIAL to reveal section alignments for next two seasons as part of 3 things to watch Monday
Coaches may take games one at a time, but the WPIAL takes years two at a time. So, at Monday afternoon's board of directors meeting,

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Penn Hills' Daivon Stephens drives past Woodland Hills' Olson Nicholson during their game Friday, Jan. 12, 2017, at Penn Hills High School.
No. 2 Penn Hills boys edge Woodland Hills in Setion 3-6A showdown
January 13, 2018
With 52 seconds left, Penn Hills' double-digit lead was down to three and its leading scorer was on the bench with five fouls. But Woodland

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Winchester Thurston's girls basketball team takes a knee during the national anthem played before their game against Aquinas Academy on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.
Winchester Thurston girls basketball players take a knee during national anthem
January 12, 2018
As her Winchester Thurston basketball teammates stood at the foul line facing the American flag, senior Ayanna Townsend borrowed the announcer's microphone. andquot;This year our

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Quaker Valley's Andrew Seymour returns an interception for a touchdown during the second quarter the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Middletown Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
What could WPIAL football conferences look like next season?
The wait is almost over. The WPIAL football committee met Thursday to decide the conferences for the next two seasons, leaving coaches, players and fans

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Pine-Richland's Jordan Crawford carries the PIAA Class 6A championship trophy to the fans with Phil Jurkovec, after the Rams defeated St. Joseph's Prep, 41-21, in the state final Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Pine-Richland football team to be honored
January 11, 2018
The MaxPreps Tour of Champions was visit Pine-Richland on Friday night to honor the Rams' state championship football team, but a pending winter storm has

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Winchester Thurston's Ayanna Townsend (22) looks to pass as she is defended by St. Joseph's Nevaeh Ewine (14) during their game on Thurs. Dec. 21, 2017 at St. Joseph. Winchester Thurston won 62-47.
Winchester Thurston girls basketball team plans to take a knee during national anthem tonight
When Winchester Thurston's girls basketball team suggested kneeling during the national anthem, coach Monica Williams insisted it couldn't be a meaningless gesture. andquot;I told them

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Robby Carmody scores 27, No. 1 Mars holds off No. 2 Moon
January 10, 2018
Mars' Robby Carmody dominated the first two minutes and the final 30 seconds Tuesday night. The Planets' star senior finished with 27 points, including the

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Peters Township, Mt. Lebanon wrestling look to lock up sub-section title as part of 3 things to watch Wednesday in WPIAL athl…
January 9, 2018
First place is up for grabs Wednesday in Class AAA, Section 2B. Peters Township will host Mt. Lebanon at 7:30 p.m., with the winner likely

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Bishop Canevin football coach Schoppe resigns
January 8, 2018
When Darren Schoppe became a football coach, he told himself he should give back as much time as he received as a player. andquot;I passed

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Girls basketball showdown between TJ-Oakland Catholic part of 3 things to watch Monday in WPIAL athletics
January 7, 2018
Who's the best team in WPIAL Class 5A girls basketball So far, it's proven to be the WPIAL's deepest classification with upwards of a dozen

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High school basketball rankings for week of Jan. 7, 2018
rankings Boys basketball Class 6A 1. Mt. Lebanon *9-1 1 2. Penn Hills 12-0 2 3. Woodland Hills 9-1 5 4. Pine-Richland 7-3 3 5. Butler 10-1 4 Out: none Class 5A 1. Mars 7-2 1 2.

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Mt. Lebanon boys earn section victory over shorthanded Connellsville
January 6, 2018
Mt. Lebanon arrived Friday ready to battle Connellsville's Seth Younkin, a 6-foot-6 forward who leads his team in points and rebounds. But the senior injured

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PSFCA announces coaching staffs for Big 33, East-West all-star games
January 5, 2018
New Castle football coach Joe Cowart and Western Beaver athletic director Ryan Matsook, who formerly coached Beaver Falls, were named Friday as assistants on Pennsylvania's

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Harlan on recruiting: Spring visits to benefit junior prospects
The NCAA decision to let juniors take official visits seems like a andquot;no-brainer,andquot; Pine-Richland football coach Eric Kasperowicz said. andquot;I know when I did it,

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With Bob Palko nearing retirement, West Allegheny eyes succession plan
January 4, 2018
West Allegheny is hiring a new football coach, but Bob Palko isn't leaving quite yet. Palko, who has won more WPIAL football titles than any

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Despite postponement, key boys basketball games among 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
Friday will be frigid. The weather forecasts predict single-digit temperatures throughout the day with a low near 1 degree. As a result, many high school

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McKeesport running back Acie commits to Navy
McKeesport running back Carlinos Acie announced his commitment to Navy football on Thursday, making him the second senior from the Tigers backfield headed to a

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Quaker Valley head coach Jerry Veshio smiles as time winds down in the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Middletown Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Steelers nominate Quaker Valley’s Veshio for Don Shula NFL Coach of the Year Award
The NFL added another honor to Jerry Veshio's remarkable year as Quaker Valley's football coach. Veshio was among the 32 high school coaches announced Thursday

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Three top-ranked teams to compete at Mt. Lebanon
January 3, 2018
Three top-ranked WPIAL basketball teams will share a gym Saturday when Mt. Lebanon hosts andquot;The Challenge.andquot; The 10-team event features the top-ranked Mt. Lebanon boys

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Bethel Park boys hold off Upper St. Clair rally in Section 2-6A clash
After a gritty 26-point effort, Bethel Park senior Justin Meis still surmised that he's probably not the best basketball player on the team or even

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Mars Area’s Robby Carmody (24) shoots against Neumann-Goretti during the PIAA Class AAA boys basketball championship on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Neumann-Goretti won 99-66.
Key Section 2-5A boys hoops matchups among 3 things to watch for Wednesday in WPIAL athletics
January 2, 2018
One of the WPIAL's deepest boys basketball sections will start to take shape Wednesday night when Chartiers Valley visits Moon and West Allegheny visits Mars.

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Pine-Richland's Jordan Crawford carries the PIAA Class 6A championship trophy to the fans with Phil Jurkovec, after the Rams defeated St. Joseph's Prep, 41-21, in the state final Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Performance of Pine-Richland, Phil Jurkovec among WPIAL’s top high school sports stories from 2017
December 31, 2017
This was a year of milestones in Western Pennsylvania sports including the birth of a new high school sports network. The TribLive High School Sports

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Pine-Richland's Sebastian Kosanovich is fouled by Butler's Tarik Taoufik during their game Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at Butler High School. Pine-Richland won, 80-64.
High school basketball rankings for week of Dec. 24, 2017
December 26, 2017
rankings Boys basketball Class 6A 1. Mt. Lebanon 6-0 2 2. Pine-Richland 5-1 4 3. Woodland Hills 6-0 5 4. Penn Hills 8-0 — 5. Butler 6-1 1 Out: Fox Chapel (4-2, 3) Class 5A

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Phil Jurkovec makes quick impact as Pine-Richland boys drop No. 1 Butler
December 23, 2017
Phil Jurkovec admits he's not in midseason form, but neither is his team. Two weeks removed from winning a state football title, the Pine-Richland senior

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The 2017 North Allegheny girls volleyball team
North Allegheny volleyball team recognized for championship season
December 21, 2017
The North Allegheny girls volleyball team was honored Thursday for finishing its fall season ranked No. 27 in MaxPreps' national rankings. At an afternoon assembly,

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Pine-Richland’s Phil Jurkovec among WPIAL football recruits who signed early
December 20, 2017
The WPIAL's top football recruits took advantage of the new early-signing period Wednesday and inked their National Letters of Intent, including Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec

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Early-signing period offers unique opportunity for recruits
As a high school senior, Bill Cherpak took a Christmas ski vacation to Colorado while deciding where he'd play college football. There in the snow-capped

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Steel Valley's Amonte Strothers
Steel Valley’s Strothers commits to Delaware
December 19, 2017
Steel Valley cornerback Amonte Strothers, who didn't take up football until his junior season, announced Tuesday his commitment to Delaware. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound senior listed

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Gateway's Brady Walker (left) and Canaan Cleveland accept the PIAA Class 5A runner-up trophy after a 49-14 loss to Archbishop Wood in the state championship game Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Gateway’s Walker named state’s Class 5A Player of the Year
Gateway quarterback Brady Walker, who passed for 4,657 yards and 45 touchdowns this season, was named Tuesday at the state's Class 5A Player of the

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Quaker Valley's Ricky Guss carries for a first down past Middletown'sGage Radabaugh during the second quarter the PIAA Class 3A state championship game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Quaker Valley’s Ricky Guss named Pennsylvania’s Class 3A player of the year
Quaker Valley coach Jerry Veshio and quarterback Ricky Guss, who led the Quakers to a PIAA football championship this month, were named Tuesday as the

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Jeannette's Robert Kennedy celebrates his second touchdown during the second quarter of the PIAA Class A state championship game against Homer-Center Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Jeannette’s Robert Kennedy named Pennsylvania’s Class A football player of the year
Jeannette senior Robert Kennedy, who led the Jayhawks to a PIAA football title, was named Tuesday as the state's Class A co-player of the year.

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Norwin's Jake Smetak reaches out for Bethel Park's Tanner Volpatti Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at Black Hawk Stadium.
WPIAL football conferences to have new look in Class 6A, 5A
December 18, 2017
There will be three Class 5A conferences in WPIAL football next season but just one in 6A. That we now know. How many teams from

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Thomas Jefferson's Justin Vigna stiff-arms Belle Vernon Area's Jake Fine in the third quarter during WPIAL 4A semifinals at Baldwin High School.
Thomas Jefferson, South Fayette land 2 all-state selections apiece in Class 4A
Thomas Jefferson and South Fayette each had two football players selected for the Class 4A all-state team announced Monday. In all, Pennsylvania sports writers voted

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Washington's Isaiah Schoonmaker carries past Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Cameron Branch during the third quarter of their WPIAL Class AA semifinal Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at Moon Area High School.
Washington High teammates among Class 2A all-state selections
Washington teammates Isaiah Schoonmaker and Nick Welsh were among five WPIAL football players selected for the Class 2A all-state team announced Monday. The two Prexies,

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Franklin Regional's Nick Leopold battles Norwin's Jeff Boyd for a loose ball during their game Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at Franklin Regional High School.
High school boys, girls basketball rankings for week of Dec. 17, 2017
December 16, 2017
rankings Basketball Boys Class 6A 1. Butler 5-0 2 2. Mt. Lebanon 4-0 4 3. Fox Chapel 4-0 3 4. Pine-Richland 3-1 1 5. Woodland Hills 4-0 5 Out: none Class 5A 1. Mars 4-0 1 2.

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Franklin Regional's Isabel Palamone battles Mars' Tai Johnson for a loose ball during their game Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, in Murrysville.
Mars’ Johnson commits to Bucknell
December 13, 2017
The highly ranked Mars girls basketball team has a second Division I commit. Mars junior Tai Johnson, a 5-foot-7 guard, announced her commitment Wednesday to

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Central Catholic’s Trautman commits to Dayton
Central Catholic lineman Josh Trautman announced his commitment Wednesday to Dayton, an FCS program that already has seven former WPIAL players on its roster. The

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Pine-Richland coach Eric Kasperowicz celebrates with Kenny White after a first quarter fumble recovery against Wayne Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Pine.
Pine-Richland coach Kasperowicz named finalist for national award
Pine-Richland's Eric Kasperowicz was one of six high school football coaches named Wednesday as finalists for a national award. Kasperowicz and St. Joseph's Prep coach

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec carries for a touchdown past St. Joseph's Prep's Jake Feehery (50) and Devon Dickerson during the second quarter of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
WPIAL players selected to 2017 Trib 25 football all-star team
Here's a look at the 2017 Trib 25 football all-star team: T.J. Banks East Allegheny, WR/TE/DL Senior, 6-5, 240 The West Virginia recruit had 48

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Gateway's Derrick Davis catches a pass during the second quarter of the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Archbishop Wood Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Penn State offers scholarship to Gateway freshman Derrick Davis
December 12, 2017
Fresh off his appearance in the state football finals, Gateway freshman Derrick Davis added a scholarship offer Tuesday from Penn State. Davis received his offer

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Aliquippa's Kwantel Raines catches a pass during the Quips' workout on Aug. 11, 2017.
Aliquippa Raines plans to sign early with West Virginia
December 11, 2017
Aliquippa's Kwantel Raines, one of the WPIAL's top football recruits, announced Monday that he will take advantage of the new early signing period that starts

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Central Catholic's Khalil Weathers (19) rushes the ball downfield during Central Catholic's game against North Allegheny at North Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
Central Catholic’s Weathers commits to Penn
Central Catholic senior Khalil Weathers, who drew more than two dozen college football offers, announced his commitment Sunday to Penn. The 6-foot, 190-pound cornerback had

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Gateway's Brady Walker (left) and Canaan Cleveland accept the PIAA Class 5A runner-up trophy after a 49-14 loss to Archbishop Wood in the state championship game Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Gateway’s Walker, Pine-Richland’s Jurkovec, South Fayette’s Saxton finish among WPIAL’s all-time passers
In WPIAL football history only record-holder Brett Brumbaugh of South Fayette passed for more yards than Gateway's Brady Walker. The Gators senior quarterback finished his

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Pine-Richland's Anthony Cerminara sacks Manheim Township quarterback Luke Emge during the fourth quarter of their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Several WPIAL players displayed elite performances at the PIAA football finals
Here's a look at some of the top performances by WPIAL players at the PIAA football championships Thursday-Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium. Anthony Cerminara Pine-Richland The

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec scores past St. Joseph's Prep's Dawson DeIulis during the third quarter of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec named Pennsylvania player of the year
Two days after Phil Jurkovec led Pine-Richland to a PIAA championship, Gatorade named the Notre Dame-bound quarterback as the state's player of the year. The

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Pine-Richland's Jordan Crawford hoists the PIAA Class 6A championship trophy with teammates after the Rams defeated St. Joseph's Prep, 41-21, in the state final Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Phil Jurkovec leads Pine-Richland past St. Joseph’s Prep to win PIAA Class 6A title
December 9, 2017
HERSHEY — Hersheypark Stadium has witnessed championship performances from some of the state's best high school quarterbacks, a list of names that now surely includes

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Pine-Richland's Jordan Crawford carries past St. Joseph's Prep's Rayshad Wallace during the second quarter of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
LIVE: Pine-Richland vs. St. Joseph’s Prep in PIAA Class 6A title game
Pine-Richland faces St. Joseph's Prep in the PIAA Class 6A football championship game at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey. Here is the latest:

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Quaker Valley senior Joe Peduzzi bring the PIAA Class 3A championship trophy to the student section after the Quakers defeated Middletown, 41-24, in the state final Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Quaker Valley’s improbable story capped with 1st PIAA football title
If there's a screenwriter available, Jerry Veshio has a story to tell. The plot is almost unbelievable: A high school football team's coach quits 18

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Archbishop Wood's Nasir Peoples carries through the Gateway defense during the first quarter of the PIAA Class 5A state championship game Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Archbishop Wood downs Gateway in PIAA Class 5A championship game
December 8, 2017
HERSHEY — The liveliest Gators celebration at Hersheypark Stadium was an end zone chomp by Archbishop Wood's Kyle Pitts, a Florida recruit. The Gateway Gators

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Pine-Richland's Kenny White eludes Manheim Township's Brett Benjamin during the second quarter of their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
At long last, Pine-Richland gets PIAA finals rematch with St. Joseph’s Prep
After each win this season, Pine-Richland's players gathered in a circle around coach Eric Kasperowicz and then broke the huddle by shouting the name of

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Aliquippa's MJ Devonshire Jr. rushes downfield during their game against Quaker Valley in Leetsdale on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.
With enrollment figures set, WPIAL committees face task of slotting teams for next 2 years
December 7, 2017
Next season's classifications are set for WPIAL football teams, so now it's on to the conferences. The PIAA finalized its classifications for the 2018-19 and

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McKeesport's Layton Jordan gets tackled by Gateway defensive players when Gateway hosted Mckeesport, Friday, October 20, 2017.
WPIAL Class 5A to get more crowded for football as PIAA ‘play up’ deadline arrives
December 6, 2017
In WPIAL football, there's suddenly a crowd in Class 5A. High school sports teams around the state had until Wednesday to decide whether to accept

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec carries for a touchdown past Manheim Township's Sam Emge during the third quarter of their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Phil Jurkovec fights through sickness, helps Pine-Richland reach PIAA Class 6A title game
December 2, 2017
ALTOONA — When Phil Jurkovec arrived Saturday in Altoona, the quarterback hadn't eaten much in days and felt weak from an illness that hit Pine-Richland's

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Gateway quarterback Brady Walker (18) avoids the rush by Manheim Central’s Garret Fittery (43) during second half action of a PIAA Class 5A semifinal football game at Mansion Park in Altoona, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.
Freshman kicker Jenkins boots game-winner as Gateway tops Manheim Central in PIAA Class 5A semifinals
ALTOONA — At 5-foot-2 and 105 pounds, Gateway kicker Jayson Jenkins may be small in stature, but his confidence is huge. andquot;Routineandquot; was the word

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Quaker Valley's Jordan Taylor (8) and Joe Peduzzi (6) celebrate with teammates after defeating Aliquippa, 2-0, in the WPIAL Class 3A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
PIAA semifinals preview: Quaker Valley puts bye week to good use
November 30, 2017
The question: Have you had a chance to study Quaker Valley Sharon coach Jim Wildman's answer: andquot;Well, we haven't had 13 days, but Sunday morning

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Washington players celebrate after winning the WPIAL Class 2A championship over Steel Valley, 37-10, at Robert Morris' Joe Walton Stadium.
Washington rolls past Steel Valley to win WPIAL Class 2A championship
November 25, 2017
Washington's Isaiah Schoonmaker might measure a half-inch too short or maybe a half-second too slow in the eyes of some critics, his coach figured. If

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Cathedral Prep quarterback Joseph Mischler carries past Thomas Jefferson's James Martinis (33) and Devin Danielson during the second quarter of their PIAA Class 4A state quarterfinal Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, at Erie Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Cathedral Prep routs Thomas Jefferson in PIAA quarterfinals
November 24, 2017
Against a roster Bill Cherpak dubbed the Erie all-stars, Thomas Jefferson had to be perfect. The Jaguars weren't, and Cathedral Prep pounced. Prep quarterback Joe

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Washington's Nick Welsh stiff-arms Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Cameron Branch during the second quarter of their WPIAL Class AA semifinal Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at Moon Area High School.
Steel Valley, Washington overcame obstacles to reach WPIAL Class 2A final
It's not surprising that Steel Valley and Washington are headed Saturday to Joe Walton Stadium; the two were WPIAL favorites since late summer. They finished

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Pine-Richland's Tommy Camino pressures Central Catholic quarterback Troy Fisher Friday, Sept. 29, 20127 at Pine-Richland High School.
Improvement on defense helps Pine-Richland reach PIAA playoffs
Pine-Richland's most surprising stat isn't Phil Jurkovec's 3,279 passing yards, though that's a mighty impressive total. It's not his 33 touchdowns, either. The most surprising

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Pine-Richland's Jordan Crawford hoists the championship trophy next to Dawson Goltz after defeating Central Catholic, 42-7, in the WPIAL Class 6A final Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
Pine-Richland cruises past Central Catholic to secure WPIAL Class 6A championship
November 18, 2017
Phil Jurkovec, Jordan Crawford and their Pine-Richland teammates checked their phones for weather updates in the days and hours before they headed to Heinz Field.

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Washington's Nick Welsh carries past Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Ryan Maziarz during the second quarter of their WPIAL Class AA semifinal Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at Moon Area High School.
Washington overcomes turnovers to defeat CWNC, advance to WPIAL Class 2A final
This 11-minute stretch would have crushed championship dreams for most WPIAL contenders. Who could endure an interception, three lost fumbles, a defensive touchdown and a

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Bethel Park's Tanner Volatti pulls away from Norwin's Gage Luptak Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at Black Hawk Stadium.
WPIAL to have just 9 Class 6A football teams next fall
November 17, 2017
The odds could be 1 in 9 to win a WPIAL Class 6A football title. The PIAA on Friday released enrollment numbers for the 2018-19

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Pine-Richland's Jordan Crawford celebrates with Kenny White after Whites touchdown against North Allegheny Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at Wright Field at Newman Stadium.
No. 1 Pine-Richland aims to topple two-time defending champ Central Catholic in Class 6A final
This week, the eight days between the WPIAL semifinals and the bus ride to Heinz Field, is kind of like Super Bowl week on the

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Pine-Richland's Phil Jurkovec (15) eyes a pass downfield during their WPIAL playoff game against North Allegheny in Ambridge on Nov. 10, 2017.
WPIAL Class 6A championship primer: Pine-Richland vs. Central Catholic
November 16, 2017
WPIAL football championship primer Class 6A No. 1 Pine-Richland (12-0) vs. No. 2 Central Catholic (10-2) 2 p.m. Saturday, Heinz Field On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com;

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Thomas Jefferson's Devin Danielson celebrates with Garret Fairman after Hartman's second-quarter touchdown against Belle Vernon Area during WPIAL 4A semifinals at Baldwin High School.
Five things we learned from Week 11 of WPIAL football season
November 11, 2017
Welcome back. Some familiar school buses will arrive Saturday at Heinz Field for the WPIAL football championships, bringing with them players, bands and fans from

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Pine-Richland's Phil Jurkovec (15) hands the ball off to Kenny White (1) during their WPIAL playoff game in Ambridge on Nov. 10, 2017.
QB Phil Jurkovec shines as No. 1 Pine-Richland tops rival North Allegheny to reach WPIAL Class 6A final
The only accolade absent from Phil Jurkovec's resume, a sensational three-year span that already has him mentioned among the WPIAL greats, is a championship. He

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Penn-Trafford's Anthony Cervone (7) scores on a slant pass route against Fox Chapel in the fourth quarter in a WPIAL playoff game on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at Penn-Trafford.
WPIAL playoff primer: What to watch for tonight
November 9, 2017
Penn-Trafford, meet Upper St. Clair. Among the eight WPIAL semifinals this week, their Class 5A matchup is the only one that's not a rematch from

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Steel Valley's Amonte Strothers
Harlan on recruiting: Steel Valley’s Strothers balancing playoffs, visits
November 8, 2017
Steel Valley's Amonte Strothers is balancing two missions: recruiting and repeating. The senior recently visited Purdue's campus, but now he wants to see Robert Morris'

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Four Clairton players to miss quarterfinal game after fight with Summit Academy
November 7, 2017
Clairton will suspend additional football players beyond the two who were ejected in last Friday's fight with Summit Academy. That was the plan Clairton administrators

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Pine-Richland's Kenny White looks back on the way to scoring a touchdown against North Allegheny in the first quarter Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at Wright Field at Newman Stadium.
WPIAL confident North Allegheny, Pine-Richland will put issues aside for playoff matchup
November 6, 2017
The WPIAL is confident North Allegheny and Pine-Richland can put their recent issues aside and play football Friday without incident, executive director Tim O'Malley said.

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Clairton huddle up before the kickoff between Jeannette and Clairton on Friday Oct. 27, 2017 at Clairton.
Clairton, Summit Academy to meet with WPIAL over benches-clearing fight
Football coaches and school administrators from Clairton and Summit Academy will meet Tuesday afternoon with the WPIAL board of directors to discuss last week's benches-clearing

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Clairton huddle up before the kickoff between Jeannette and Clairton on Friday Oct. 27, 2017 at Clairton.
Five things we learned from the first round of the WPIAL playoffs
November 4, 2017
A helmet-throwing fight marred Clairton's victory over Summit Academy on Friday, an ugly incident that could leave the Bears shorthanded. The fight ignited after a

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West Allegheny's Jake Davis (9) rushes the ball up field against McKeesport during their WPIAL playoff game in Imperial on Nov. 3, 2017.
McKeesport’s conversion pays off in opening-round victory over West Allegheny
Matt Miller's cheat-sheet says go for two when you're up by five, so McKeesport's coach stuck to the script. andquot;Thank God we did,andquot; he said,

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Penn-Trafford's Jon Peduzzi (4) runs the ball against Armstrong in the fourth quarter on Friday Oct. 13, 2017 at Penn-Trafford.
What to watch in WPIAL football opening round: Top seeds look to maintain success
November 2, 2017
Might six classes favor the favorites It certainly did a year ago, when five of the six No. 1 seeds celebrated WPIAL football titles. Over

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Pine-Richland's Philip Jurkovec jumps for a first down against North Allegheny Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at Wright Field at Newman Stadium.
Pine-Richland QB Phil Jurkovec denied entry to WPIAL field hockey finals by North Allegheny officials
Five days after Phil Jurkovec's celebration caused controversy, the Pine-Richland quarterback was denied entry into North Allegheny's stadium. His father, Jim, confirmed that Jurkovec was

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Central Catholic's Khalil Weathers (19) rushes the ball downfield during Central Catholic's game against North Allegheny at North Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
Harlan on recruiting: Central Catholic’s Weathers collects college offers
November 1, 2017
College offer No. 26 arrived earlier this week for Khalil Weathers, a Central Catholic senior with plenty of options. This time it was Brown, his

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Montour's Jaxon Schrenker slaps the hands of young cheerleaders as he takes the field for a game against Mars Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Robinson.
High school football notebook: Rematches tough to avoid in WPIAL 1st round
Montour and New Castle tied for second in the Northwest Nine, but the WPIAL scheduled them head-to-head for the ultimate tiebreaker. The conference foes meet

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California coach Darrin Dillow
California among top seeds for WPIAL football playoffs
October 30, 2017
The WPIAL football committee wasn't always kind to the Tri-County South Conference. So, California coach Darrin Dillow wasn't sure his undefeated Trojans would be a

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Clairton's Devlin Clifford (3) elevates for a catch against Jeannette in the fourth quarter on Friday Oct. 27, 2017 at Clairton.
Five things we learned from Week 9 of WPIAL football season
October 28, 2017
Maybe for the first time all season, Clairton looked a lot like its dominant self, and just in time for the playoffs, too. That could

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Video: Pine-Richland’s rushing attack dominates North Allegheny
Pine-Richland rushed for 629 yards and seven touchdowns in Friday night's 48-28 victory over rival North Allegheny. Jordan Crawford ran for 242 yards, Kenny White

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Pine-Richland's Kenny White makes a cut against North Allegheny Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at Wright Field at Newman Stadium.
No. 1 Pine-Richland shows off running game in victory over North Allegheny
Pine-Richland's coaches decided to protect Phil Jurkovec from wear and tear, so they've limited the quarterback's carries to nights when they absolutely needed him to

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Imani Christian's Samuel Fairley catches a touchdown pass over Jeannette's Jackson Pruitt during the second quarter Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Wilkinsburg.
What to watch in Week 9 of high school football: Tiebreaker coin flip could be in play
October 26, 2017
In WPIAL football, the last-resort tiebreaker is a coin flip. If head-to-head results, Gardner Points and the WPIAL's margin-of-victory formulas can't break a tie, chance

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Harlan on recruiting: Joey Porter Jr. making a name for himself at NA
October 25, 2017
Joey Porter Jr. was born with one of the most recognizable names in the WPIAL, but the North Allegheny junior quickly is making a name

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Clairton's Lamont Wade shakes hands with Jeannette's Mark Wormack at midfield before the WPIAL Class A championship game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at Robert Morris University.
High school football notebook: WPIAL sets date, site for Class 2A, A championships
Jeannette, Steel Valley, Clairton, Washington and any other small schools with WPIAL title hopes should clear their schedules the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The WPIAL football

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Butler head coach Robert Densmore works with linemen during practice Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, in Butler.
Butler coach Densmore resigns
October 23, 2017
The number of WPIAL football coaches who resigned midseason now stands at three. Butler played Week 8 without coach Rob Densmore, who resigned a few

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Gateway coach Don Holl signals his quarterback Brady Walker during their game against Plum Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at Plum.
Five things we learned from Week 8 of WPIAL football season: Gateway QB Walker measures up
October 21, 2017
The WPIAL's leading passer doesn't have the measurables to make Division I schools chase after him, but Brady Walker's other numbers are very impressive. andquot;He's

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McKeesport's Layton Jordan gets tackled by Gateway defensive players when Gateway hosted Mckeesport, Friday, October 20, 2017.
Gateway defense comes through in clutch to defeat McKeesport
As the clocked ticked away, as McKeesport was pushing downfield, as Gateway's lead started to feel temporary, Gators junior Jeremiah Josephs started thinking about last

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Fox Chapel football head coach Tom Loughran shakes hands with Junior Cole Waxter after the Foxes scored a touchdown in the first half of game Friday night against West Allegheny.
5 things to watch in Week 8 of high school football: Teams control playoff destiny
October 19, 2017
Win and you're in. That's the mindset a number of WPIAL teams can embrace Friday night, knowing their playoff destinies are entirely in their own

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East Allegheny's TJ Banks
East Allegheny’s Banks commits to West Virginia
October 18, 2017
T.J. Banks celebrated his birthday with a football scholarship. The East Allegheny star committed to West Virginia after Wednesday's practice, ending a months-long recruiting effort

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Aliquippa's MJ Devonshire Jr. (8) rushes downfield during their game against Quaker Valley in Leetsdale on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.
Harlan on recruiting: Devonshire another Aliquippa DB drawing offers
Who's the best defensive back in Aliquippa history That's not an easy question, but there are plenty of good answers. Quips junior Marlin andquot;MJandquot; Devonshire

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Derry's Colton Nemcheck carries the ball for a touchdown Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 during WPIAL football at Mt. Pleasant High School.
High school football notebook: WPIAL playoff field filling up
With two weeks left in the regular season, the WPIAL playoff field is already more than 70 percent set. In all, 46 of the 64

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Tom Liberty, shown coaching for Riverside in 2015, talks with quarterback Jason Dambach during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015.
Freedom coach Tom Liberty resigns
October 17, 2017
A WPIAL football coach resigned midseason for the second time this week. Freedom's Tom Liberty, whose team is in playoff position, resigned with two weeks

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Thomas Jefferson quarterback Shane Stump reacts after an incomplete pass late in the fourth quarter against Belle Vernon Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Rostraver.
Five things we learned from Week 7 of WPIAL football season
October 14, 2017
Turnovers will hurt any team, even a dominant WPIAL title favorite. Friday night was proof. Top-ranked Thomas Jefferson lost the football four times, two fumbles

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Video: Aliquippa defense finally gives up a TD, still victorious over Quaker Valley
Aliquippa senior Avante McKenzie said Quaker Valley's only touchdown in Friday's game came as a surprise to the Quips defense. andquot;We have that mindset at

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Aliquippa's Ahmir Perry (42) brings down Quaker Valley's Isaiah Mcnair (1) during their game in Leetsdale on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.
Aliquippa defense bends, doesn’t break in victory over Quaker Valley
Nobody had scored a touchdown on Aliquippa's defense. Not New Castle. Not Beaver Falls. Not Beaver. Not Freeport. Not Ellwood City. Not South Park. Not

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Thomas Jefferson's Shane Stump competes against Uniontown on Sept. 1, 2017, at Thomas Jefferson.
What to watch in Week 7 of high school football: Top-ranked teams could face challenges
October 12, 2017
Aliquippa, Steel Valley and Thomas Jefferson, three top-ranked teams in the WPIAL, could face a challenge this week. Emphasis on andquot;could.andquot; Combined, that trio has

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East Allegheny's TJ Banks
Harlan on recruiting: East Allegheny’s Banks nearing decision on college
October 11, 2017
East Allegheny's T.J. Banks isn't wearing around a Mountaineers hat, Owls shirt or Illini shorts, no outward hints about his future school. But it's likely

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Upper St. Clair quarterback Jack Hansberry throws a pass, as West Allegheny's Nate Visloski defends during the fourth quarter Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in North Fayette.
High school football notebook: Altoona could seek full WPIAL membership in all sports
If Altoona gets its wish, the school will join the WPIAL in more sports than just football. Administrators from the Blair County school district are

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Penn-Trafford's Cam Laffoon (9) hands the ball off to John Gay (46) during their game against Franklin Regional in Murraysville on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.
Five things we learned from Week 6 of WPIAL football season
October 7, 2017
There's a new WPIAL favorite in Class 5A, again. Penn-Trafford becomes the third team this season to hold the No. 1 spot in a WPIAL

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VIDEO: Upper St. Clair squeaks past No. 1 West Allegheny 21-20 in OT
Upper St. Clair upset No. 1 West Allegheny in dramatic fashion on Friday thanks to an interception by senior Tom Kyle during a 2-point conversion

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The Upper St. Clair football team celebrates a 21-20 win over West Allegheny in overtime Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in North Fayette.
Upper St. Clair upsets No. 1 West Allegheny in OT after failed 2-point conversion
Your luck finally ran out, Upper St. Clair's Jim Render told West Allegheny's Bob Palko with a lighthearted chuckle, as the two coaches embraced. Palko

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Upper St. Clair coach Jim Render walks to the field with his players before the start of a game against Peters Township Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at Upper St. Clair.
What to watch in Week 6 of high school football: USC’s Render, West A’s Palko to face off
October 5, 2017
The WPIAL coach with the most wins faces the coach with the most WPIAL titles. Upper St. Clair's Jim Render and West Allegheny's Bob Palko

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Penn Hills' Hollis Mathis looks to pass during the Indians' game against Plum on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at Newman Stadium in McCandless. Penn Hills won 26-0.
Harlan on recruiting: Penn Hills’ Mathis building a resume
October 4, 2017
Penn Hills quarterback Hollis Mathis might have the arm strength, the height and the athleticism to someday play college football, just not the physical bulk.

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Aliquippa's Kwantell Raines scores on a QB keeper up the middle during the much-anticipated matchup against Clairton at Neil C. Brown Stadium on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.
High school football notebook: Clairton in danger of rare back-to-back losses
More than a decade has passed since Clairton lost in consecutive weeks. It was before Lamont Wade, Aaron Mathews or Tyler Boyd was in high

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Valley coach Muzzy Colosimo works with David Schuffert on the opening day of training camp Monday, Aug. 14, 2017.
WPIAL wants Valley to suspend football coach Colosimo
October 3, 2017
Valley must suspend football coach William andquot;Muzzyandquot; Colosimo for one game or the WPIAL will ban the team from the playoffs indefinitely. The WPIAL wanted

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WPIAL to hold hearing over brawl in Valley-Ellwood City football game
October 2, 2017
The WPIAL will hear Tuesday from football coaches and administrators at Valley and Ellwood City, whose Week 5 game was cut short by a benches-clearing

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Imani Christian's Brian Yates carries for a touchdown past Jeannette's Ian Smith during the second quarter Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Wilkinsburg.
Five things we learned from Week 4 of high school football
September 30, 2017
This wasn't quite David and Goliath, but Imani Christian coach Ronnell Heard considered Friday's win a godsend. andquot;I think Friday night was a moment in

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VIDEO: Pine-Richland’s Jordan Crawford ‘couldn’t be stopped’ against Central Catholic
Pine-Richland running back Jordan Crawford didn't play the second half of Friday's game against Central Catholic. His seven-touchdown first half -one receiving and six rushing-

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Pine-Richland quarterback Philip Jurkovec throws against Central Catholic Friday, Sept. 29, 20127 at Pine-Richland High School.
Crawford’s 7 touchdowns lead Pine-Richland to rout over Central Catholic
September 29, 2017
Jordan Crawford didn't pout this summer, a decision that ultimately had him smiling Friday. The senior running back scored seven first-half touchdowns for No. 1-ranked

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Penn-Trafford's Will Mayr (53) forces a fumbles on Plum's Marcus Thomas (25) in the third quarter of a WPIAL 5A conference game on Friday Sept. 08, 2017 at Penn-Trafford.
Five things to watch in Week 5: Teams jockey for position in Big East Conference
September 28, 2017
That will become a little more clear after No. 3-ranked Gateway visits No. 2 Penn-Trafford on Friday night for a first-place matchup of undefeated teams.

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Greensburg Salem's Jacob Hoyle (2) scrambles out of reach of Thomas Jefferson’s Noah Palmer (7) during the first quarter on Friday Sept. 15, 2017 at Offutt Field.
High school football notebook: TJ defense shutting out opponents
September 27, 2017
Thomas Jefferson could win most weeks with only a safety from its defense. So far, only one team has scored against the Jaguars, a last-minute

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Penn State Head Coach James Franklin against Pitt in the second quarter on Saturday Sept. 09, 2017 at Beaver Stadium.
Harlan on recruiting: Penn State recruiting class among nation’s best
Penn State has climbed to fourth in both major polls, and the team ranks even higher when it comes to recruiting. As one number rises,

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Highlands boys soccer coach Brad Walker instructs youths during a practice at Highlands Middle School in Harrison on Wednesday, July 8, 2015.
Highlands boys soccer coach Brad Walker appeals suspension
September 25, 2017
Highlands boys soccer coach Brad Walker has a hearing Wednesday before the WPIAL Board of Directors to appeal the suspension mandated last week. The WPIAL

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Jeannette coach Roy Hall talks with officials and security after an altercation during a game against Imani Christian on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Wilkinsburg.
WPIAL to hold hearing for Imani, Jeannette football
Imani Christian and Jeannette must meet this week with the WPIAL Board of Directors and explain the issues that forced officials to end their football

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec carries for a second- quarter touchdown against Wayne on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.
Five things we learned in Week 4 of high school football
September 23, 2017
Notre Dame's Brian Kelly couldn't talk with him directly, but Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec did his best to impress his future coach Friday. The Irish

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec scores on a 1-yard touchdown during the second quarter against Bethel Park on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at Bethel Park High School.
With Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly watching, Pine-Richland dominant again in win over No. 3 Bethel Park
There will be a close contest somewhere down the road, predicted Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec, whose teammates have WPIAL- and state-title aspirations. That's why, with

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Clairton coach Wayne Wade walks the sideline in the fourth quarter of the Bears' 35-22 loss to Berlin Brothersvalley in their PIAA Class A quarterfinal game Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, at Conemaugh Township High School.
WPIAL adds details for procedure regarding cooling-off period for coaches
September 21, 2017
The WPIAL released more details Thursday about the cooling-off period required for coaches and players before engaging in media interviews. The waiting period was set

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Pine-Richland's Jason DeFrancisis (17) celebrates his touchdown with Dawson Goltz next to Wayne's Justin Harris during the second quarter Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Pine.
5 things to watch in Week 4: Pine-Richland heads to Bethel Park for battle of unbeatens
Battle of the unbeatens Bethel Park has linemen with some size, an offense that controls the football and a defense that has allowed just four

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Andrew Kristofic, Pine-Richland OL
Harlan on recruiting: Washington’s Walker set for debut
September 20, 2017
Washington junior Daniel Walker is a major-college football recruit nobody in the WPIAL has seen play yet. That will change Friday. The standout safety and

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Albert Gallatin head coach Shawn Liotta talks with his players during the Alle-Kiski Football Challenge at Kiski Area High School on Thursday, July 28, 2016.
High school football notebook: Albert Gallatin secures signature win
Close friends and colleagues tried to convince Shawn Liotta to turn down Albert Gallatin's job offer. You can't win there, they told him. His phone

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Clairton head coach Wayne Wade talks to the official on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 at Jeannette's McKee Stadium. Clairton beat Jeannette 32-13.
WPIAL to institute cool-down period for coaches
September 19, 2017
The WPIAL Board of Directors voted to create a cool-down period after all games before coaches can conduct media interviews. The idea was to allow

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Highlands boys soccer coach Brad Walker instructs youths during a practice at Highlands Middle School in Harrison on Wednesday, July 8, 2015.
High school notebook: WPIAL wants Highlands boys soccer coach suspended
Highlands must suspend boys soccer coach Brad Walker for three games or the WPIAL will ban the team from the postseason. The discipline comes after

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Mapletown running back Dylan Rush participates in drills on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, in Uniontown.
Five things we learned in Week 3 of high school football
September 16, 2017
Mapletown running back Dylan Rush woke up Saturday andquot;a little sore,andquot; but otherwise he still was feeling great. That's understandable. The aptly named senior rushed

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Montour's Kavon Morman throws a pass under pressure from Mars' Chase Lambert during the first quarter Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Robinson.
Mars takes advantage of Montour’s mistakes in Northwest Nine victory
The mindset was simple: make Montour's mistakes matter. andquot;Every opportunity we tried to grab,andquot; said Mars senior Anthony Greico, who recovered two fumbles Friday night

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North Hills Melvin Blanks, who will play running back and defensive back, practices Aug. 15, 2017.
Harlan on recruiting: Central Catholic’s Dallas, North Hills’ Blanks put their skills on tape
September 13, 2017
If college recruiters were waiting for more game film, Central Catholic's Brian Dallas and North Hills' Melvin Blanks will have scholarship offers soon. Now three

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Imani Christian Academy's Asante Watkins eludes the Riverview defense during their game Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Riverside Park. Imani Christian Academy led 38-6 at halftime.
High school football notebook: WPIAL’s highest-scoring teams set to square off
If California averages 67 points and Imani Christian Academy averages 62, what will be the combined score when they face each other Saturday Maybe more

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Central Catholic's Khalil Weathers (19) extends the ball towards the goalline during Central Catholic's game against North Allegheny at North Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
5 things we learned in Week 2: In defensive stalemate, Central Catholic offense shows big-play potential
September 9, 2017
Central Catholic and North Allegheny traditionally win with defense, but will either have the offense to keep up with WPIAL favorite Pine-Richland The two Northern

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Central Catholic's Troy Fisher (16) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against North Allegheny during game at North Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
Fisher carries No. 2 Central Catholic past rival North Allegheny
Instead of touchdowns or yards, wins is the stat Central Catholic's offensive coordinator uses to define Troy Fisher. As in, andquot;we want to put the

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Mars Area’s Robby Carmody (24) battles Neumann-Goretti’s Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (10) during the PIAA Class AAA boys basketball championship on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Neumann-Goretti won 99-66.
Mars basketball, Robby Carmody invited to two national events
September 7, 2017
The quarterback at Pine-Richland isn't the only Notre Dame recruit bringing national attention to the WPIAL. Mars basketball's Robby Carmody, another four-star Irish commit, has

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WPIAL denies eligibility for former Vincentian football players
Two former Vincentian Academy football players who transferred elsewhere after the school folded the program can't play at their new schools either. Charles Barley and

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High school notebook: New coaches at Quaker Valley, Penn Hills start 2-0
September 6, 2017
As should be expected, WPIAL football teams with new head coaches haven't fared especially well early this season. Combined, their record is 14-26. But among

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec carries for a second- quarter touchdown against Wayne on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.
Harlan on recruiting: Early signing period intrigues ’18 recruits
Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec made his biggest decision more than a year ago when he chose Notre Dame, but his senior class has another choice

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North Allegheny's John Varzdel (7) is tackled by Bethel Park's Austin Lewis (17) during their game at Bethel Park on Sept. 1, 2017.
Bethel Park leans on linemen, Volpatti to take down No. 3 North Allegheny
September 2, 2017
Thirty times in a row, Bethel Park ran the football. Eleven for one touchdown. Nineteen for two more. There wasn't much trickery or deception. Instead,

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East Allegheny's TJ Banks
Harlan on recruiting: East Allegheny TE Banks sets commitment date
August 30, 2017
East Allegheny senior TJ Banks decided this week to pick a Wednesday in mid-October as his commitment date, the day he'll announce which Division I

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Steelers offensive lineman Doug Legursky practices Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2015 on the South Side.
High school notebook: Ex-NFL players bolster coaching staffs
Aaron Smith and Jerame Tuman, former Steelers teammates, are roaming football fields in familiar black and gold. The two, now North Allegheny assistants for coach

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Beaver Falls' Torian Leak scores past Aliquippa defenders during the fourth quarter of the WPIAL Class AAA championship game Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, at Heinz Field.
Aliquippa-Beaver Falls football game moved to Friday over weather concerns
Concerned that severe weather could arrive here Saturday, Aliquippa has moved up its football game with Beaver Falls. The Beaver County rivals instead will play

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Pine-Richland's Andrew Petcash pumps his fist as Latrobe's Austin Butler walks away after time expires in the Rams 83-82 win over Latrobe in a thriller at Baldwin High School in the first of the PIAA Boys Class 6A playoff game on Saturday, March 11, 2017.
Pine-Richland’s Andrew Petcash to play basketball for Boston U
August 28, 2017
Andrew Petcash considered Boston University basketball an option for after prep school, but his timeline just became much shorter. The Terriers had a scholarship come

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec carries for a second- quarter touchdown against Wayne on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.
Phil Jurkovec, Pine-Richland dominate Wayne (Ohio) in nationally televised game
August 27, 2017
The ESPN cameras showed a national audience what Western Pennsylvania already knew. Phil Jurkovec is pretty good. And his Pine-Richland Rams could be the best

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Gateway High School's Isaiah Cameron (24) rushes the ball against Woodland Hills during their game at Woodland Hills on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.
Gateway holds off Woodland Hills rally after former Wolverines coach is honored
August 25, 2017
In 14 seconds, Gateway's Courtney Jackson put a damper on Woodland Hills' celebration. The junior fielded the opening kickoff, found a hole between the hash

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Steel Valley's Amonte Strothers
Harlan on recruiting: Steel Valley senior Strothers a quick learner at DB
August 24, 2017
Steel Valley senior Amonte Strothers can remember the first time he absorbed a big hit on the football field. andquot;One of my teammates hit me

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New Penn Hills football coach Jon LeDonne works with his team.
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the coaches
August 22, 2017
The WPIAL saw another coaching legend leave the sidelines when Woodland Hills' George Novak retired. His career record reached 306-139-3, making him one of only

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Springdale Josh Jones, takes in a pass while participates in the first day of practice.Monday August 7, 2017
Springdale’s Jones takes reigns at quarterback
August 21, 2017
Like many Class A schools, Springdale doesn't have the roster numbers to field a junior varsity, so everybody on the team plays varsity. That's fun

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Beaver kicker Will Connelly works out Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, during the Bobcats' practice.
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the specialists
The season already was underway when Pine-Richland opened its kicker spot to a school-wide tryout. The winner was Vittorio Orsini, a soccer player who already

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Aliquippa's Kwantel Raines catches a pass during the Quips' workout on Aug. 11, 2017.
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the safeties
August 20, 2017
Western Pennsylvania once was the cradle of quarterbacks. Now, it more often is home to great defensive backs. From Aliquippa's Ty Law and Darrelle Revis

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Plum coach Matt Morgan works with his Mustangs on Friday August 11, 2017.
Veteran linemen to help guide Plum offense
August 19, 2017
With four veterans to block and a few physical runners behind them, Plum has embraced its coach's roots. andquot;We should be able to run the

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McKeesport’s Layton Jordan (right) can play multiple positions, but several colleges recruiting him see him as a hybrid linebacker.
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the linebackers
August 18, 2017
Layton Jordan's position is a multiple-choice test. The McKeesport senior is an outside linebacker on defense and a wingback for the Tigers' option offense. The

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Thomas Jefferson's Devin Danielson goes through a workout Aug. 17, 2017, at Thomas Jefferson.
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the defensive line
August 17, 2017
Thomas Jefferson's defense contains two dominant linemen — a tackle and an end both headed to Pitt — and it certainly showed last season. The

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Belle Vernon lineman Blake Zubovic (facing) committed to Pitt and is one of the top returning players in the Class 4A Big 9 Conference.
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the offensive linemen
August 16, 2017
Western Pennsylvania's depth at skill positions varies between seasons, with an extra strong running back or quarterback class every couple of years. Yet oversized linemen

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Julian Major, wide receiver for Penn Hills Indians is committed to Michigan State.
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the wide receivers
August 15, 2017
Familiar names will wear unfamiliar jerseys this fall. Several standout WPIAL receivers switched schools since last season, transfers who could make a real impact on

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Hempfield's Braden Brose makes a catch through traffic, during the WCCA 7 on 7 football games, at Latrobe Area Senior High School, in Unity Township, on Thursday, July 20, 2017.
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the tight ends
August 14, 2017
As spread offense became a trend, the tight end position quickly changed. A number of high school coaches no longer feature them strictly as a

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Pine-Richland senior Kenny White transferred from West Allegheny.
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the running backs
August 13, 2017
One running back or two Not all high school coaches use the same approach when it comes to their backfield workloads. While some ride one

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec leaps past Central Catholic's Clay Myers during the second quarter Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at Highmark Stadium.
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the quarterbacks
August 12, 2017
The WPIAL had its first career 5,000-yard passer in 1993, when then-North Hills senior Eric Kasperowicz reached the lofty number. Now, the list is almost

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec leaps past Central Catholic's Clay Myers during the second quarter Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at Highmark Stadium.
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the quarterbacks
The WPIAL had its first career 5,000-yard passer in 1993, when then-North Hills senior Eric Kasperowicz reached the lofty number. Now, the list is almost

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Former Woodland Hills coach Novak plans to stay retired after his replacement resigns
August 9, 2017
This is the first August in 40 years that George Novak won't spend on a football field, so instead the WPIAL Hall of Fame coach

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Albert Gallatin football team will leave WPIAL next season
October 18, 2018
After an 0-8 start to this football season, Albert Gallatin's school board decided to remove the school's team from WPIAL competition next year. WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley called the decision andquot;disappointing,andquot; but said it's each school's choice whether to request a schedule or not. O'Malley spoke Thursday with Albert

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Bethel Park, Peters Township chase conference title in unpredictable Allegheny Eight
In the span of four weeks, Peters Township lost by two points to Upper St. Clair, West Allegheny defeated USC by 17, and Peters Township defeated West A by 14. Throw in Bethel Park's one-point loss to West A and the result is essentially a four-way tie for first place

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WPIAL soccer pairings among Wednesday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
October 16, 2018
Combined, the West Allegheny, Franklin Regional and Mars boys soccer teams lost two games all season, but only one can earn a top seed. The WPIAL will reveal its boys and girls soccer playoff brackets Wednesday. The TribLive High School Sports Network will broadcast a live pairings show at 5:55

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WPIAL officials to issue findings report on Penn Hills’ complaints over Connellsville’s armed security guard
October 15, 2018
The Penn Hills and Connellsville administrations will receive a report Tuesday from the WPIAL, which looked into complaints that Connellsville's use of armed security was andquot;culturally insensitive.andquot; The WPIAL board discussed the issue Monday during an executive session at its monthly meeting in Green Tree. The board's findings will be

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WPIAL postpones girls team tennis quarterfinals
Rain forced the WPIAL to postpone all eight of Monday's girls tennis quarterfinals to Tuesday afternoon. Sites and times remain the same. In Class AA, Ellis School visits Sewickley Academy, Derry visits Greensburg Salem, Greensburg Central Catholic visits Beaver and Knoch plays Quaker Valley at Butler. In Class AAA, Mars

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North Allegheny, West A change plans, won’t use running clock to shorten football game
Stop the clock. North Allegheny and West Allegheny have scrapped their plans to shorten Friday's nonconference football game with a running clock. After clarifying the rules, the schools discovered that's not allowed, NA athletic director Bob Bozzuto said Monday night. The coaches could have agreed to shorten the length of

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WPIAL football rankings for Week of Oct. 14, 2018
October 13, 2018
WPIAL football Class 6A 1. Pine-Richland, 7-1, 1 2. North Allegheny, 8-0, 2 3. Central Catholic, 6-2, 3 4. Seneca Valley, 6-2, 4 5. Mt. Lebanon, 3-5, 5 Out: none Class 5A 1. Gateway, 8-0, 1 2. Penn Hills, 8-0, 2 3. Peters Township, 6-2, 3 4. West Allegheny, 6-1,

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5 things we learned in WPIAL Week 7
Nobody can say who holds the WPIAL single-game record for touchdowns, but Derry's Justin Flack became the latest to score eight. The senior had six rushing touchdowns, returned a kickoff 88 yards and scored on a 60-yard interception return in Friday night's 63-20 victory over Yough. His touchdown runs covered

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Belle Vernon loses quarterback to injury, defeats West Mifflin with run-heavy offense
October 12, 2018
As Belle Vernon quarterback Jared Hartman was stretchered off the field, tailback Mason Pascoe understood immediately what that meant for the offense. He and his linemen had better be ready. andquot;He's one of the leaders of our offense, one of the leaders of our team, and not having him really

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5 things to watch for Week 7 of high school football: Class 2A features several contenders
October 11, 2018
The WPIAL football committee might have trouble assembling the Class 5A playoff bracket and Class 4A could require work. But Class 2A looks like the toughest task with three undefeated teams and nine others with one conference loss. So the committee will have decisions to make. Win out, and Shady

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Belle Vernon, West Mifflin chase home playoff game in Big Eight clash
Belle Vernon's football team could spend the first weekend of November on the beach, the unofficial nickname given to their sand-colored home turf. With a win this week, the Leopards can start making plans for their beach party in the playoffs but West Mifflin may spoil their fun. The Big

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OLSH’s Tyler Bradley reaches 7,000 passing yards, 8th player in WPIAL history
October 9, 2018
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart quarterback Tyler Bradley surpassed 7,000 career passing yards on Friday, becoming only the eighth player in WPIAL history to reach the milestone. The senior has 7,189 career yards. Atop the WPIAL all-time passer list are South Fayette's Brett Brumbaugh (11,086 yards), Gateway's Brady Walker

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Mt. Lebanon, Sewickley Academy draw top seeds in WPIAL girls team tennis brackets
Mt. Lebanon in Class AAA and Sewickley Academy in AA drew top seeds in the WPIAL girls team tennis brackets revealed Tuesday. Mt. Lebanon tops the big-school field with Shady Side Academy seeded second in a tournament that starts Wednesday. The Class AAA first-round matches pair Mars at Fox Chapel,

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PIAA makes ‘big move in right direction,’ invites public school administrators to discuss playoffs
October 8, 2018
After months of conflict, the PIAA changed course and offered to meet with Laurel superintendent Leonard Rich and other public school administrators who are demanding separate playoffs for private schools. PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi reached out Friday and invited them to attend the PIAA competition committee meeting Nov. 14

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Five things we learned in Week 6: Jeannette, Clairton anticipating Week 9 meeting
October 6, 2018
In 19 days, Clairton visits Jeannette's McKee Stadium for a Week 9 rivalry game that could decide the Eastern Conference champion and probably the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL playoffs. The teams, which have combined for 22 WPIAL titles, showed again Friday night they're likely the best two teams

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WPIAL high school football rankings for week of Oct. 6, 2018
WPIAL football Class 6A 1. Pine-Richland, 6-1, 1 2. North Allegheny, 7-0, 2 3. Central Catholic, 5-2, 3 4. Seneca Valley, 5-2, 4 5. Mt. Lebanon, 3-4, 5 Out: none Class 5A 1. Gateway, 7-0, 1 2. Penn Hills, 7-0, 2 3. Peters Township, 5-2, 3 4. West Allegheny, 5-1,

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Clairton disrupts Imani Christian’s offense with 3 interceptions, 8 sacks in victory
October 5, 2018
Lined up deeper than usual in Clairton's secondary, safety Kenlein Ogletree's job was clear: Don't let any receivers get behind him. The easiest way, he found, was to catch the ball himself. The junior disrupted Imani Christian's big-play passing attack with three first-half interceptions while his teammates sacked Saints quarterback

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Serra Catholic, Brentwood switch site for Friday’s football game
October 4, 2018
Flooding forced Serra Catholic and Brentwood to switch the site for their football game Friday night. The Three Rivers Conference teams now will play at Brentwood, Serra athletic director Bill Cleary said. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Serra Catholic is 3-3 overall, 1-2 in the Class 2A conference. Brentwood is 3-3,

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5 things to watch for Week 6 of high school football: USC, Mt. Lebanon renew rivalry
Imagine a college football season without Michigan vs. Ohio State or another historic rivalry, and that's the equivalent of a WPIAL season without Upper St. Clair vs. Mt. Lebanon, said USC coach Jim Render. andquot;That game should always be on the schedule,andquot; Render said. andquot;You're talking about one of the

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PIAA overturns WPIAL decision, rules DeGregorio brothers eligible
The PIAA overturned a WPIAL decision Thursday and ruled North Catholic transfers Isaac and Owen DeGregorio eligible to play basketball for their father, highlighting a rules-interpretation disconnect between the two boards. The PIAA considered the WPIAL's interpretation too strict. andquot;You're trying to write general rules for 350,000 specific cases every

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Imani Christian seeks ‘elite’ status against Class A rival Clairton
James Franklin's post-game message hit home with Imani Christian's Ronnell Heard, who echoed the Penn State coach's thoughts about turning a andquot;greatandquot; program into an andquot;eliteandquot; one. andquot;I feel like we're right in that boat with Penn State,andquot; said Heard, Imani's coach, whose Saints were WPIAL runners-up last season. andquot;We're

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WPIAL high school football rankings for Week of Sept. 29, 2018
September 29, 2018
Class 6A Rank, team W-L Pvs. 1. Pine-Richland 5-1 1 2. North Allegheny 6-0 2 3. Central Catholic 4-2 3 4. Seneca Valley 4-2 4 5. Mt. Lebanon 3-3 5 Out: none Class 5A 1. Gateway 6-0 1 2.

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Five things we learned in Week 5 of H.S. football: Blowouts the norm
Quaker Valley accomplished a rare feat Friday, as did Indiana, West Allegheny and a half-dozen other WPIAL teams. They all celebrated close wins. Consider there

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Pine-Richland’s Luke Meckler scores 4 times in first quarter to defeat Central Catholic
September 28, 2018
Pine-Richland and Central Catholic created some extraordinary moments in Friday's first quarter, but in much different ways. Pine's Luke Meckler ran wild on nine carries

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Central Catholic, Pine-Richland renew rivalry with first-year starters at quarterback
September 27, 2018
Eric Kasperowicz has a simple message for his sophomore quarterback: Don't worry about being Phil Jurkovec. andquot;We talked about it at the beginning of the

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5 things to watch in Week 5 of high school football: 16 teams unbeaten at midway point
Sixteen teams remain undefeated as the WPIAL football regular season reaches the midway point. Some perfect starts aren't terribly surprising, such as Gateway's, Aliquippa's and

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WPIAL skips hearing, rules Freeport transfer Harley Holloway eligible
September 25, 2018
The WPIAL canceled Freeport transfer Harley Holloway's eligibility hearing and declared the basketball standout eligible Monday after her previous school withdrew its objection. Kiski Area

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WPIAL reaches conclusion in Connellsville-Penn Hills racial slur case
September 24, 2018
About two dozen school administrators, students, parents, athletic trainers, security personnel and community members from Connellsville and Penn Hills testified Monday at a WPIAL hearing

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WPIAL football rankings for week of Sept. 23, 2018
September 22, 2018
WPIAL football Class 6A 1. Pine-Richland 4-1 1 2. North Allegheny 5-0 2 3. Central Catholic 4-1 3 4. Seneca Valley 4-1 4 5. Mt.

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Five things we learned from Week 4 of high school football
Whether teams complete four quarters or only one, a WPIAL football game is official once coaches agree to halt the game. Whoever's ahead is the

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Lightning, thunder no match for No. 1 Aliquippa in victory over No. 5 Beaver Falls
September 21, 2018
Lightning, thunder and drenching rain stormed into Reeves Field on Friday night, briefly knocking out power to Geneva College's stadium. But, eventually, even the weather

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WPIAL football teams moving kickoff earlier with thunderstorms in Friday’s forecast
With thunderstorms in the forecast, some WPIAL football teams have moved Friday night's game to an earlier start time. Among the first to change kickoff:

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Undefeated records add intensity to Aliquippa-Beaver Falls rivalry
Mike Warfield graduated from Aliquippa, played quarterback for the Quips and now is the football team's first-year coach. His wife is a Beaver Falls native

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5 things to watch for Week 4 of high school football: West A’s Palko, USC’s Render set for final meeting
September 20, 2018
Don't expect the obligatory handshake at the 50-yard line from West Allegheny's Bob Palko and Upper St. Clair's Jim Render when the two WPIAL coaching

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5 WPIAL football players who have starred through 1st 4 weeks
Dustin Shoaf, Yough: The senior has a WPIAL-best 1,043 yards in four games, including 401 yards last week. Michael Daure, Keystone Oaks: Daure leads the

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DeGregorio brothers ruled ineligible for basketball after transferring to North Catholic to play for father
September 19, 2018
Can an athlete switch high schools and play sports for a team his father coaches That question split the WPIAL board on Wednesday, but ultimately

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Penn Hills’ Dante Cephas commits to Kent State
September 18, 2018
Penn Hills senior Dante Cephas, one of the top receivers in the WPIAL, committed Tuesday to Kent State. Cephas announced his decision on Twitter. The

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WPIAL adds 5 transfers to ‘postseason ineligible’ list under new PIAA rule
The WPIAL approved 20 transfers Monday but five were ruled ineligible for the postseason under new PIAA rules. Declared postseason ineligible were Bishop Canevin's Dahvie

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Sewickley Academy ‘adamantly’ denies recruiting allegations in letter to WPIAL
The WPIAL board of directors accepted a letter from Sewickley Academy's administration that insisted its boys basketball coaches were not guilty of recruiting. Allegations of

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WPIAL votes to hold hearing with Connellsville, Penn Hills officials over allegations of racial slurs at soccer game
September 17, 2018
After investigating allegations of racial slurs, Connellsville and Penn Hills submitted conflicting reports to the WPIAL. As a result, the WPIAL board of directors voted

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5 things we learned about WPIAL football in Week 3
September 15, 2018
Another week brings another change at the top in WPIAL Class 2A, a classification that so far seems the most unpredictable. Preseason favorite Washington lost

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WPIAL football rankings for week of Sept. 16, 2018
WPIAL football rankings Class 6A School, record, previous 1. Pine-Richland, 3-1, 1 2. North Allegheny, 4-0, 2 3. Central Catholic, 3-1, 3 4. Seneca Valley,

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Cephas, Hardy show Penn Hills’ big-play potential in victory over Mars
September 14, 2018
Officially, conference newcomers Penn Hills and Mars had no head-to-head history. But Daequan Hardy, Dante Cephas and their Penn Hills teammates knew otherwise, and their

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5 things to watch for Week 3 of high school football: Key matchups in Class A
September 13, 2018
A year ago, four conference wins were enough to clinch a WPIAL playoff spot in Class A. Not so this year. The WPIAL shrunk the

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Baldwin hires Dennis Squeglia, who won basketball titles at Seton, to coach softball
Dennis Squeglia, who has WPIAL and PIAA girls basketball titles on his coaching resume, was announced Thursday as softball coach at Baldwin. Squeglia spent two

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NFL Network cameras follow North Allegheny football team
September 12, 2018
North Allegheny coach Art Walker is a fan of andquot;Hard Knocks,andquot; the HBO television series that takes viewers inside an NFL locker room. In maybe

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Belle Vernon’s Schwerha among 13 transfers ruled eligible by WPIAL who cannot compete in postseason
September 11, 2018
Soccer standout Joseph andquot;JoJoandquot; Schwerha, who transferred from Greensburg Central Catholic to Belle Vernon, was among more than four dozen transfers approved this week by

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Lincoln Park, Sewickley Academy basketball programs trade recruiting accusations at WPIAL eligibility hearing
September 10, 2018
Lincoln Park transfer Isaiah Smith was ruled eligible Monday, but only after two of the WPIAL's top basketball programs exchanged recruiting accusations. Sewickley Academy had

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Central Catholic’s Brian Dallas commits to Kent State
September 9, 2018
Central Catholic's Brian Dallas, one of the top defensive linemen in the WPIAL, committed Sunday to Kent State. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior is a standout

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WPIAL football rankings for week of Sept. 9, 2018
September 8, 2018
Here's a look at the WPIAL football rankings for the week of Sept. 9, 2018: Class 6A School, record, previous rank 1. Pine-Richland, 2-1, 1

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Five things we learned from Week 2 of high school football
Greg Perry's teams are known for throwing the football. In his time at Seton LaSalle, where he went from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator and

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In big-game atmosphere, North Allegheny forces 6 turnovers to defeat Central Catholic
September 7, 2018
North Allegheny's student section cheered, laughed and sang with Steelers wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster, who was surrounded in a sea of gold shirts. On the sideline,

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Title game rematches on tap in Week 2 of high school football
September 6, 2018
RJ Hart and his Imani Christian teammates have waited nearly 10 months for this week. They've craved a rematch with Jeannette ever since last year's

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Laurel football player Hayden Hamilton says spinal injury slowly improving
The outpouring of support continues for Laurel football player Hayden Hamilton, who said Wednesday that his spinal injury is slowly improving. andquot;Everything's getting a little

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State legislators will examine 1972 law at center of public vs. private debate
September 5, 2018
State legislation written four decades ago has become a bone of contention in the public vs. private school debate, so current lawmakers agreed Wednesday to

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Matchup of Class 4A’s top teams, Belle Vernon, Thomas Jefferson draws ‘excitement’
It wasn't long ago that Belle Vernon dreaded the week Thomas Jefferson appeared on its schedule. andquot;If you had come to Belle Vernon seven years

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PIAA Legislative Oversight Committee to hold hearing on boundary vs. non-boundary debate Wednesday
September 4, 2018
State legislators are bringing the boundary vs. non-boundary debate to Western Pennsylvania. The PIAA Legislative Oversight Committee will hear testimony Wednesday at Heinz Field from

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Road to 400: 12 memorable victories for Upper St. Clair coach Jim Render
September 2, 2018
Forty-nine years after winning his high school coaching debut, Jim Render celebrated his 400th win Friday night. It was a night to remember in a

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WPIAL football rankings through Week 1
September 1, 2018
WPIAL football Class 6A School, record, previous 1. Pine-Richland1-11 2. North Allegheny2-02 3. Central Catholic2-03 4. Mt. Lebanon1-15 5. Seneca Valley1-1- Out: Norwin (1-1, 4)

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5 things we learned from Week 1 of high school football
Before the lightning, Dustin Shoaf was electric. The WPIAL's regular-season rushing champ from a year ago ran for 299 yards on 12 carries and scored

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Laurel football player seriously injures spine, undergoes surgery
Doctors performed two surgeries Saturday on Laurel football player Hayden Hamilton, a sophomore who sustained a severe spinal injury Friday night. andquot;They are trying to

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Upper St. Clair football coach Jim Render earns 400th career win
August 31, 2018
The stadium stands were packed, his family was there to celebrate and former players dotted the crowd, all excited to witness a moment that was

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5 things to watch in Week 1 of high school football: Teams set to begin conference play
August 30, 2018
It wasn't long ago that WPIAL football teams could ease their way into their conference schedules. Now, almost every team jumps right in. Ninety-four of

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Upper St. Clair football coach Jim Render only 1 win away from 400
Upper St. Clair coach Jim Render discussed plenty of numbers with his football players during camp, but 400 wasn't one of them. The winningest coach

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Shorthanded Mapletown forfeits Week 1 game against Clairton
August 28, 2018
Another injury or two could doom Mapletown's football season, so the school decided to forfeit this week's nonconference game with powerhouse Clairton. andquot;It's going to

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Thomas Jefferson's Noah Palmer (7) hoists the championship trophy with his teammates after defeating Montour, 27-0, in the WPIAL Class 4A final Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL confident football championships will be televised again this fall
August 27, 2018
The WPIAL's broadcast contract with ATandamp;amp;T SportsNet has expired, but WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley said he's confident the football championships will be shown somewhere

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Woodrow Wilson’s Jerus Belinga intercepts a pass intended for Woodland Hills’ Gavin Yarbough during their game Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at the Wolvarena in Turtle Creek.
Woodland Hills shows glimpse of new passing attack in loss to Woodrow Wilson
August 26, 2018
Woodland Hills quarterback Gavin Gurreri-Judson zipped a short pass to wideout Jay Smith, who turned up field, collided with a tackler and flipped over the

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Pine Richland's Luke Meckler breaks up a pass intended for IMG Academy's Josh Delgado Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 at Pine Richland Stadium.
WPIAL football rankings for week of Aug. 26, 2018
August 25, 2018
rankings Football Class 6A 1. Pine-Richland, 0-1, 1 2. North Allegheny, 1-0, 2 3. Central Catholic, 1-0, 3 4. Norwin, 1-0, 5 5. Mt. Lebanon,

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Shaler senior Brennan Fugh competes during practice Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018.
5 storylines from Week Zero of WPIAL football
Rarely is the water cooler dumped in celebration in Week Zero, but some of Shaler's football players grabbed it Friday night and doused coach Jim

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Peters Township's Adrian William catches the ball when Peters Township face off against West Toronto Prep at Wolvarena, Friday, August 24, 2018.
Peters Township scores 36 first-quarter points in rout over West Toronto Prep
Peters Township won the coin toss, but coach T.J. Plack deferred to the second half and told his defense to get to work. Two plays

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Pittsburgh Central Catholic’s Gavin Thomson runs the ball in for a touchdown against Erie Cathedral Prep’s Jordan Adams at Wolvarena in Turtle Creek, Friday, August 24, 2018.
Central Catholic uses ‘mean, nasty football’ to break Cathedral Prep’s 28-game win streak
Central Catholic's offense ran the football 28 times in the second half Friday, mostly between the tackles, and its defense held strong on a crucial

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Central Catholic uses ‘mean, nasty football’ to break Cathedral Prep’s 28-game wins streak
Central Catholic's offense ran the football 28 times in the second half Friday, mostly between the tackles, and its defense held strong on a crucial

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Mt. Pleasant's Alex Kadylak, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
5 things to watch in Week Zero of high school football: Most teams spurn 2nd scrimmage
August 23, 2018
For the third year in a row, WPIAL football coaches had a decision to make. Should they use this weekend for a second scrimmage, or

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WPIAL rules basketball standouts Cali Konek, Thomas Melonja eligible at new schools
The WPIAL cleared two basketball stars to play their senior seasons at their new schools. Franklin Regional senior Cali Konek and Peters Township senior Thomas

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the new head coaches
Rarely does a high school receive an application from a hall of fame coach with six WPIAL football titles, so Ringgold didn't hesitate. The Rams

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Central Catholic quarterback Dominic Pieto looks to throw during practice Aug. 16, 2018 at Central Catholic High School.
Central Catholic looks to end Cathedral Prep’s 28-game winning streak
August 22, 2018
As Central Catholic readies for its season opener, coach Terry Totten has shared some team history with his players. He told them how in 1974,

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the kickers/punters
Not always does the WPIAL have two kickers who rank among the nation's very best. This year it does. Belle Vernon's Cameron Guess and South

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the safeties
August 21, 2018
With size, speed and athleticism, most really good safeties are really good on offense, too. Washington's Dan Walker made 33 catches and scored 12 touchdowns

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West Allegheny coach Kim Niedbala works with the team during practice Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at the high school.
Coach Bob Palko enters final season at West Allegheny at ‘900 miles an hour’
Bob Palko's team opened camp at West Allegheny as they've done for years, except this one will be his last as coach. Was it an

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Aliquippa’s MJ Devonshire Jr. (8) rushes downfield during their game against Quaker Valley in Leetsdale on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the cornerbacks
August 20, 2018
Western Pennsylvania was always a hotbed for quarterbacks, but nowadays it's the cradle of cornerbacks. The high school that produced Ty Law, Darrelle Revis and

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Pine-Richland linebacker Tyler King
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the linebackers
August 19, 2018
As high school offenses become more complex, linebackers face added responsibilities. In last year's state finals, Pine-Richland's linebacker tandem of Tyler King and Anthony Cerminara

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Central Valley’s Anthony Mendicino catches a pass Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, at the high school’s stadium.
Early-season success might make Central Valley’s young lineup ‘a little bit dangerous’
Patience is the strategy Central Valley coach Mark Lyons would normally stress for his players, the idea that the team wants to be playing its

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the defensive linemen
August 18, 2018
Whether at end or tackle, these defensive linemen will cause trouble for offenses this fall. Every high school team could use a pass-rushing end like

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WPIAL Class 6A breakdown: Teams value opening-round bye, home game in playoffs
If North Allegheny coach Art Walker gets his wish, the Tigers will be playing at home in early November with a trip to Heinz Field

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Steel Valley’s hopes for another WPIAL championship built on youth, experience
Steel Valley lost its star tailback to injury in the very first scrimmage a year ago, the start of what became an injury-cursed season. As

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the offensive linemen
August 17, 2018
When Pine-Richland won WPIAL and PIAA Class 6A titles last season, the star quarterback headed to Notre Dame, and a 1,000-yard running back and a

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HS football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the tight ends
August 16, 2018
Tight ends aren't limited to run-blocking and goal-line work. Much like in the NFL, some high school coaches have found ways to create mismatches with

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Young Central Catholic roster seeks 6th consecutive appearance in WPIAL finals
Central Catholic coach Terry Totten can count his returning starters on one hand: a defensive end, a cornerback, a couple of linemen and a wide

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the wide receivers
August 15, 2018
As more high school offenses take to the air, WPIAL quarterbacks have seen their passing numbers soar. Three quarterbacks entered the Top 6 on the

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Coach Mike Melnyk borrows from Michigan, Wisconsin to revamp Mt. Lebanon’s defense
Every football team enters camp with questions that need answers, and Mt. Lebanon is no exception. andquot;My new defensive coordinator is a question mark,andquot; Mt.

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the running backs
August 14, 2018
Yough's Dustin Shoaf rushed for 428 yards on 43 carries and five touchdowns in Week 8 last year, a season's worth of yards for some

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Mike Zmijanac adjusting to a new environment at Ringgold
August 13, 2018
Mike Zmijanac and his wife Michelle toured around France for more than three weeks earlier this year. In his words, they walked, traveled, saw, did,

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the quarterbacks 2018
Here's some good news for WPIAL defensive coordinators: After spectacular senior seasons, former Pine-Richland star Phil Jurkovec and ex-Gateway standout Brady Walker are freshmen quarterbacks

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Three things to watch as high school football camps open Monday
August 12, 2018
As high school football camps open Monday across the WPIAL, the question becomes: Who's the next Quaker Valley At this time last summer, it would

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Woodland Hills hires Von Pitts as girls basketball coach
August 9, 2018
Former Clairton boys basketball coach Von Pitts, who led the Bears to the WPIAL playoffs four years in a row, was hired Wednesday by Woodland

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OLSH's Donovan Johnson shoots a three-pointer over Sewickley Academy's Isaiah Smith during their game Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at Sewickley Academy.
WPIAL sees wave of transfers ahead of PIAA deadline
August 8, 2018
The WPIAL office faced a wave of paperwork in recent days as transfers hurried to avoid a new PIAA rule that would force them to

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Oakland Catholic's Jayla Ellis Thursday, May 17, 2018 during WPIAL AAA track and field championships at Baldwin High School.
WPIAL track championships leaving Baldwin for Slippery Rock University
August 7, 2018
After three decades, Baldwin no longer will host the WPIAL track and field championships. The WPIAL board voted Tuesday to move the individual track championships

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Keystone Oaks' Gillian Piccolino scores past Belle Vernon's Lindsay Steeber during their game Thursday, Jan. 11, 2017, at Belle Vernon Area High School in Rostraver.
Keystone Oaks senior Gillian Piccolino joins former Pitt coach at Kennesaw State
August 1, 2018
Agnus Berenato left Western Pennsylvania several years ago, but the former Pitt basketball coach maintains strong recruiting ties here. Keystone Oaks senior Gillian Piccolino on

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Gateway's Courtney Jackson.
WPIAL seniors receive their official college football scholarship offers
It's official. August 1 is the date that college football programs can send written scholarship offers to seniors, replacing the verbal offers made by coaches

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Mt. Lebanon's Jamey Napoleon (23) dribbles the ball down court against North Allegheny's Madelyn Fischer (55) on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.
Mt. Lebanon’s Jamey Napoleon commits to Central Connecticut State
July 31, 2018
Almost 500 miles separate Mt. Lebanon from New Britain, Conn., but basketball has linked the two towns for years. The next to make that trip

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Bishop Canevin's Shamyjha Price is pressured by Neumann-Goretti's Diamond Johnson during the PIAA Class 3A girls state championship game Monday, March 26, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Bishop Canevin’s Shamyjha Price adds first D1 basketball offer
Bishop Canevin's Shamyjha Price, who won her third consecutive WPIAL basketball title last season, announced her first Division 1 offer Monday from UMass Lowell. The

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WPIAL must replace board member for 3rd time this summer
July 30, 2018
The WPIAL board of directors must replace one of its members for the third time in two months. The latest is New Castle superintendent John

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Administrators from WPIAL schools had varying perspectives at PIAA Playoff Equity Summit
July 29, 2018
As a Maryland native, Woodland Hills athletic director Ron Coursey comes from a state where public and private high schools already play in separate leagues

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North Allegheny's Joey Porter Jr.
North Allegheny’s Joey Porter Jr. narrows recruiting to 5 schools
July 27, 2018
Penn State and Pitt are options if North Allegheny cornerback Joey Porter Jr. decides to stay closer to home. But those two schools have out-of-state

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School officials from across the state attended the PIAA Playoff Equity Summit July 24, 2018, at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center in State College.
Administrators from WPIAL schools had varying perspectives at PIAA Playoff Equity Summit
As a Maryland native, Woodland Hills athletic director Ron Coursey comes from a state where public and private high schools already play in separate leagues

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The Hempfield Area softball team celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Parkland, 4-3 in 8 innings, in the PIAA Class 6A state final Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
PIAA chooses championship sites for 2019-22 spring sports seasons
July 25, 2018
The state baseball and softball finals will call Penn State home for at least four more years. The PIAA announced championship sites for spring sports

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Mars Area is reflected in their runner-up trophy after their game against Neumann-Goretti during the PIAA Class AAA boys basketball championship on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Neumann-Goretti won 99-66.
Public school administrators call for separate playoffs at PIAA Playoff Equity Summit
July 24, 2018
STATE COLLEGE -- If the PIAA board of directors wanted, could it legally split public and private schools into separate playoffs PIAA executive director Bob

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Isaiah Wilson fights for a lose ball Lincoln Park's Keeno Holmes (3) and Gibbs Kanyongo during the 3-A Boys WPIAL Basketball Championship Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Petersen Events Center.
First Love’s Isaiah Wilson adds Atlantic 10 basketball offer
July 23, 2018
First Love Christian Academy guard Isaiah Wilson, who celebrated two WPIAL basketball titles before transferring last summer, added two Division 1 scholarship offers this week.

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Mars Area is reflected in their runner-up trophy after their game against Neumann-Goretti during the PIAA Class AAA boys basketball championship on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Neumann-Goretti won 99-66.
PIAA issues word of caution to schools considering secession
July 21, 2018
The PIAA issued a word of caution to public school administrators who have suggested seceding from the state athletic association. andquot;Should a school wish to

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From left: Casey Conboy, Baldwin athletic director Vince Sortino and Maddi Sgattoni
Former Baldwin AD Vince Sortino hired to oversee athletics at Dallastown
July 19, 2018
Athletic director Vince Sortino, who saw Baldwin eliminate his position last month, wasn't out of work long. Sortino was hired Thursday as athletic director at

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Mars pitcher Will Bednar (16) competes against North Hills Monday, April 30, 2018, at North Hills.
PIAA increases baseball pitch count, adds official counter for playoffs
July 18, 2018
UNIVERSITY PARK - Five pitches isn't much, but they could be just enough. The PIAA board of directors voted Wednesday to increase the state's high

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Hopewell's Drew Falletta during the Vikings lost to Blackhawk in the WPIAL AAA championship on Saturday February 23, 2008.
Hopewell hires 2009 alum Falletta as basketball coach
A decade has passed since Drew Falletta wore a Hopewell uniform, but watching his old basketball team lose night after night caused him pain. andquot;I've

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Mars Area is reflected in their runner-up trophy after their game against Neumann-Goretti during the PIAA Class AAA boys basketball championship on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Neumann-Goretti won 99-66.
PIAA approves stricter transfer rules
a UNIVERSITY PARK -- The PIAA board of directors placed tighter restrictions on high school transfers Wednesday, an effort to address the competitive imbalance some

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Joey Porter Jr. to play key role in success for North Allegheny
July 17, 2018
Joey Porter Jr. still felt a little like the new kid at North Allegheny last summer. andquot;It was tough,andquot; said Porter, who was entering his

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DB or RB: Take your pick with West Mifflin’s Parker
July 16, 2018
The first clip on Parrish Parker's highlight video shows him lowering his shoulder and knocking a wide receiver out of bounds. In the second clip,

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Mars Area is reflected in their runner-up trophy after their game against Neumann-Goretti during the PIAA Class AAA boys basketball championship on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Neumann-Goretti won 99-66.
PIAA Playoff Equity Summit organizers want separate football, basketball playoffs in 2019
July 15, 2018
The PIAA andquot;can and mustandquot; create a postseason system that separates traditional public schools from private, parochial and charter schools, says a group of public

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Oakland Catholic's Sierra DeAngelo scores past Hickory's Ty'mani King-Lonesome during 5-A girls PIAA first round action Saturday, March 10, 2018 at North Hills Middle School.
Oakland Catholic’s Sierra DeAngelo adds 2 offers at once
July 14, 2018
The Oakland Catholic girls basketball team, which reached the WPIAL finals last winter, now has three players with Division 1 offers. Sierra DeAngelo, a 6-foot-1

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Southmoreland's Maggie Moore (20), during practice at Southmoreland High School in Alverton, on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.
Southmoreland’s Maggie Moore adds Navy basketball offer
Southmoreland's Maggie Moore added another name to her list of Division 1 offers. Navy became the latest to offer the 6-foot-2 center who'll be a

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Keystone Oaks' Gillian Piccolino drives past Belle Vernon's Taylor Kovatch during their game Thursday, Jan. 11, 2017, at Belle Vernon Area High School in Rostraver.
Keystone Oaks’ Gillian Piccolino adds 2 more basketball offers
A few weeks after receiving her first Division 1 offer, Keystone Oaks' Gillian Piccolino added two more. The 5-foot-10 guard announced offers Friday from Kennesaw

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Gateway coach Don Holl signals his quarterback Brady Walker during their game against Plum Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at Plum.
Gateway’s Holl staying busy this summer
As coach of a state finalist, Don Holl's football season ran much longer into winter than most, and the start of summer camp is now

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Plum seeks to merge AD duties with other events
July 13, 2018
Plum could become the second WPIAL high school this summer to replace a longtime athletic director. The school district is seeking to hire an administrator

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WPIAL board approves eligibility request for pair of Burrell wrestlers
July 12, 2018
Nicholas Salerno and Shawn Szymanski, who transferred this summer from Plum to Burrell, are eligible to wrestle this winter. The WPIAL board had waited to

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North Allegheny's Ayden Owens wins the boys long jump final with a leap of 23 feet, 7.25 inches at the Butler Invitational Friday, April 20, 2018, at Butler Area High School.
North Allegheny decathlete Ayden Owens places 12th at IAAF World U20 Championship
Ayden Owens' international track debut didn't end with a medal Wednesday, but the decathlete did add his name to the IAAF record books. The recent

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North Allegheny decathlete Ayden Owens 13th at IAAF World U20 after Day 1
July 11, 2018
A disqualification in the 400 meters left North Allegheny decathlete Ayden Owens in 13th place after Day 1 of the IAAF World 20 Championships in

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Butler's Ethan Morton scores over Pine-Richland's Dan Petcash Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 at Pine-Richland High School.
Rivals ranks Butler’s Ethan Morton among Top 50 juniors nationally
July 8, 2018
Butler basketball star Ethan Morton remains one of the Top 50 juniors in the country, according to Rivals.com. The recruiting website revealed updated rankings this

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Quaker Valley's Ricky Guss carries for a first down past Middletown'sGage Radabaugh during the second quarter the PIAA Class 3A state championship game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Top high school sports stories of the 2017-18 school year
July 7, 2018
11.18.2017 Final score: Quaker Valley 2, Aliquippa 0. An unusual score produced maybe the most unlikely champion in WPIAL football history. The Quakers, who coaxed

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North Allegheny's Ayden Owens competes in the Class AAA boys long jump during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Shippensburg University.
At IAAF World U20 Championships, Ayden Owens honored to represent Puerto Rico in a time of need
July 6, 2018
Ayden Owens has traveled to Puerto Rico a handful of times, most recently last month for the island's national track championships. His maternal grandparents were

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Plum head coach Carl Vollmer (center) shares a light moment with his team following their 6-2 win over Marple Newtown in a PIAA Class AAAA semifinal game with Marple Newtown on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Greene Township Park in Scotland, Pa. Plum advances to the state championship game in State College.
Plum baseball coach Carl Vollmer resigns
July 5, 2018
Plum baseball coach Carl Vollmer took a few weeks to think about his resignation, but that didn't make Thursday any easier. andquot;I'll be honest, it's

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Imani Christian’s RJ Hart working to become even more productive
July 4, 2018
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players

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North Allegheny's Rachel Martindale pulls up for a jumpshot over Seneca Valley's Hannah Thompson Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 at Seneca Valley.
North Allegheny basketball’s Rachel Martindale commits to Akron
July 3, 2018
A torn ACL won't keep Rachel Martindale from reaching her Division 1 dreams. The North Allegheny basketball star announced a commitment Tuesday to Akron, a

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Oakland Catholic's Cierra Christian scores pas Gateway's Mary Kromka 5-A boys WPIAL basketball final Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Petersen Events Center.
Oakland Catholic’s Cierra Christian commits to Brown
Oakland Catholic's Cierra Christian, who helped her team reach the WPIAL basketball finals last winter, committed Monday to Brown. The 5-foot-10 guard will be a

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Kylee Lewandowski steals the ball from Central Valley's Kaelyn Underwoon during 4-A girls WPIAL semifinal Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 at Moon High School.
CWNC junior Kylee Lewandowski adds Bucknell basketball offer
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Kylee Lewandowski, a key contributor in the basketball team's WPIAL title run last winter, added a scholarship offer from Bucknell this

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Aliquippa’s Devonshire aims to continue streak of finals appearances
July 2, 2018
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players

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East Allegheny junior Tyler Padezan adds Morgan State football offer
July 1, 2018
East Allegheny's Tyler Padezan, a wide receiver and defensive back, announced a scholarship offer Saturday from Morgan State. Padezan (6-2, 165) will be a junior

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Aliquippa’s Mj Devonshire Jr. brings his team together for a cheer before playing Derry during the WPIAL Class AAA semifinal on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, at Fox Chapel High School.
Deoveon Crute receives Morgan State football offer, adds to growing list for Aliquippa seniors
Aliquippa's Deoveon Crute announced a scholarship offer Saturday from Morgan State, adding another for a Quips senior class that's drawing offers by the bunches. The

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Blackhawk pitcher Mike Turconi delivers during a game against Mars on May 9, 2018, at Chippewa Park.
Blackhawk’s Michael Turconi named Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Year
June 30, 2018
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Michael Turconi Blackhawk, sr., SS/P Michael Turconi is the latest two-way star for Blackhawk coach Bob Amalia, following in the footsteps

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Southmorland no. 2 Cali Konek is greeted by her teammates on the bench as the clock winds down in the last quarter of the game against Belle Vernon on Monday, December 18, 2017.
High school notebook: WPIAL officials question timing of transfer rule
June 29, 2018
Transfers who switched schools this month might be treated differently by the PIAA than those who wait until July. If the PIAA board enacts a

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Mars’ Michael Carmody puts focus on future in football
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players

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Mars Area is reflected in their runner-up trophy after their game against Neumann-Goretti during the PIAA Class AAA boys basketball championship on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Neumann-Goretti won 99-66.
Public vs. private debate not exclusive to PIAA: Alabama defends its competitive-balance formula in court
June 28, 2018
As the PIAA debates a competitive-balance formula for Pennsylvania high school athletics, another state association is defending a similar system in court. A Catholic school

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South Fayette quarterback Drew Saxton gets blocks from Chris Yellig-Glendenning and Tom Elia against Highlands Oct. 21, 2016, at Highlands.
2 WPIAL linemen commit to same FCS conference
Two WPIAL linemen, South Fayette's Tom Elia and Elizabeth Forward's A.J. Ackerman, committed Wednesday night to FCS schools in the Colonial Athletic Association. Both will

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Chartiers Valley's Tim McConnell coaches during a game against Montour earler this season in Collier.
After 6 WPIAL boys titles, Chartiers Valley’s Tim McConnell becomes girls basketball coach
June 26, 2018
In many ways, Tim McConnell will coach girls basketball the way he always coached the boys, with maybe one difference. andquot;I don't think I'll be

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Ringgold head coach Don Roberts fist bumps pitcher Josh Peters during the PIAA Class 4A state championship against Valley View Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Penn State University.
Ringgold, Canon-Mac baseball celebrated at state Capitol
The state champion Ringgold and Canon-McMillan baseball teams were celebrated this week at the state Capitol. The two WPIAL teams were welcomed Monday and Tuesday

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Chartiers Valley coach Tim McConnell gets the student section pumped up in the waning moments of the Colts' win over North Allegheny at the WPIAL Class AAAA championship Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Petersen Events Center.
Administration recommends Tim McConnell as candidate to coach Chartiers Valley girls basketball
Could Chartiers Valley boys basketball coach Tim McConnell, who coached sons T.J. and Matty to WPIAL championships, celebrated another title this winter with daughter Megan

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Gateway's Tui Faumuina-Brown sacks Penn-Trafford quarterback Cam Laffoon during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
Class 5A football coaches approve of WPIAL’s choice for title game
June 25, 2018
Penn-Trafford football coach John Ruane and Gateway's Don Holl understand the atmosphere and excitement that come with Heinz Field. Their teams were there on opposite

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Phil Coffin
North Allegheny baseball assistant Phil Coffin celebrates state bass fishing title
June 24, 2018
Phil Coffin was in South Carolina this week, but the North Allegheny assistant baseball coach wasn't there for the beach. He was there for the

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Oakland Catholic's Jayde Boyd drives on Gateway's Mary Kromka 5-A boys WPIAL basketball final Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Petersen Events Center.
Oakland Catholic’s Jayde Boyd commits to Fairleigh Dickinson
Oakland Catholic's Jayde Boyd, a WPIAL basketball finalist two years in a row, announced her commitment Saturday to Fairleigh Dickinson. The 5-foot-10 guard will be

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Aliquippa's Will Gipson (6) and Avante McKenzie (35) react to a delay of game penalty during their game against Quaker Valley in Leetsdale on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.
Aliquippa’s Will Gipson, Solvauhn Moreland commit to Ball State
Aliquippa teammates Will Gipson and Solvauhn Moreland decided they'll also be teammates in college. The two football recruits announced commitments to Ball State on Saturday

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North Allegheny's Ayden Owens wins the boys long jump final with a leap of 23 feet, 7.25 inches at the Butler Invitational Friday, April 20, 2018, at Butler Area High School.
North Allegheny hurdler Ayden Owens named Pa. Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year
June 22, 2018
North Allegheny's Ayden Owens, who won PIAA titles in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, was named Pennsylvania's Gatorade Boys Track and Field Athlete of the

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Polynesian Bowl announces national TV deal
The Polynesian Bowl, which included a WPIAL football player in last January's game, announced a national TV deal. The CBS Sports Network will televise the

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Vincentian Academy's Kyler Fedko (3) celebrates with Aidan Thomson after scoring against Greensburg Central Catholic during their PIAA Class A semifinal Monday, June 11, 2018, at Wild Things Park.
Perfect Game names Vincentian’s Kyler Fedko as Pennsylvania’s top baseball player
Vincentian Academy's Kyler Fedko was named Pennsylvania's baseball player of the year Friday by Perfect Game. The senior shortstop batted .661 with eight home runs,

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Vincentian Academy captains Mark Yakim, Kyler Fedko and Aidan Thomson hoist the championship trophy after the Royals defeated Southern Fulton, 5-3, in the PIAA Class A state final Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives recognizes Vincentian baseball team
June 21, 2018
The state House of Representatives recognized Vincentian Academy's baseball team for its PIAA championship during a ceremony Thursday in Harrisburg. Speaker of the House Mike

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Farrell linebacker Kyi Wright lists Pitt among 3 finalists
June 20, 2018
Farrell linebacker Kyi Wright, who lists more than a dozen scholarship offers, has Pitt among his three finalists. Wright announced Wednesday on Twitter that he's

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Central Catholic linebacker David Adams.
Former Central Catholic football star David Adams takes medical exemption at Notre Dame
Former Central Catholic linebacker David Adams, now a sophomore at Notre Dame, announced Tuesday on Twitter that he's stepping away from college football to recover

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Lincoln Park head coach Mike Bariski hugs Keeno Holmes (left) and Thomas Melonja after beating Seton LaSalle in the WPIAL Class 3A boys basketball final March 1, 2018, at Petersen Events Center.
Lincoln Park AD Bariski talks transfer rules with state legislators
Lincoln Park athletic director Mike Bariski supports the competitive balance formula proposed by the PIAA, but told state legislators he disagrees with a rule that

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Basketball star Darrius Davis leaving Propel Andrew Street
June 19, 2018
Another all-section basketball player is switching schools this summer, but Darrius Davis is leaving the WPIAL altogether. Davis announced Monday night on Twitter that he's

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Butler's Ethan Morton (25) moves the ball up the court during their WPIAL playoff game against Latrobe on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School. Latrobe won 73-66.
Butler’s Ethan Morton adds Marquette offer
Butler basketball star Ethan Morton, the WPIAL's top recruit in the 2020 class, is quickly approaching 20 scholarship offers. The rising junior added an offer

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Southmorland no. 2 Cali Konek is greeted by her teammates on the bench as the clock winds down in the last quarter of the game against Belle Vernon on Monday, December 18, 2017.
WPIAL notebook: Girls basketball star Cali Konek leaving Southmoreland for Franklin Regional
June 18, 2018
Girls basketball player Cali Konek, who averaged 45 points as a star freshman, has transferred schools again. Franklin Regional submitted transfer paperwork to the WPIAL

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Gateway's Courtney Jackson catches a touchdown pass next to Penn-Trafford's Caleb Lisbon during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL chooses Norwin as host for Class 5A football final
On the Friday after Thanksgiving, the only long lines Norwin athletic director Brandon Rapp needs to tackle are the football fans filtering into his stadium.

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Ambridge's Devin Dishong competes against Derry during the WPIAL Class AA boys volleyball championship Thursday, May 24, 2018, at Baldwin.
WPIAL could lose Baldwin as host site for postseason events
The WPIAL could lose Baldwin as a host site for its track championships and other playoff games. In the wake of eliminating the school's athletic

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Pine-Richland limeman Michael Katic runs through some drills Aug. 14, 2017, at Pine-Richland.
Pine-Richland lineman Michael Katic commits to Indiana
June 17, 2018
Pine-Richland lineman Michael Katic, a two-way standout on the Rams' state championship team, committed to Indiana on Sunday. Katic will be a senior in the

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Thomas Jefferson's Jenna Clark (1) competes against Keystone Oaks on Dec. 28, 2017, at Keystone Oaks.
Thomas Jefferson’s Jenna Clark adds 6th D1 basketball offer
Thomas Jefferson guard Jenna Clark announced Saturday a scholarship offer from Appalachian State, her sixth offer since late-April. The 5-foot-7 point guard will be a

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Canon-McMillan's Brandon Kline (4) celebrates with Nick Seafino after scoring during the PIAA Class 6A state championship game against Bensalem Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
7-run inning leads Canon-McMillan to 2nd PIAA baseball title
June 15, 2018
UNIVERSITY PARK — One unforgettable inning sparked a celebration that Canon-McMillan will remember for years. The Big Macs sent 12 batters to the plate in

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South Side pitcher Casey Jones hugs head coach Chip Hunter on the mound next to Luke Woodard during the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Lancaster Catholic Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
Kentucky recruit holds South Side to 1 run in PIAA finals loss
UNIVERSITY PARK — Lancaster Catholic lefty Dillon Marsh lived up to his hard-to-hit reputation. The hard-throwing Kentucky recruit pitched a five-hitter with 11 strikeouts to

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Vincentian Academy wins 2nd PIAA baseball title in 3 years
UNIVERSITY PARK — Vincentian Academy shortstop Kyler Fedko drew fist pumps and hearty high fives for a slick running catch in Friday's fifth inning. It

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Canon-McMillan's Zach Rohaley pitches against Dallastown during a PIAA Class 6A first round playoff game Monday, June 4, 2018, at Wild Things Park.
Bruzdewicz, Rohaley guide Canon-McMillan into PIAA baseball finals
When Tim Bruzdewicz watches Zach Rohaley pitch, he sometimes sees a younger, right-handed version of himself. andquot;I threw a lot like Rohaley as a pitcher,andquot;

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West Allegheny's Britney Wilson hugs head coach Mindi McFate after their loss to Lampeter-Strasburg in the PIAA Class 5A state championship Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Penn State University.
West Allegheny’s rally falls short in PIAA Class 5A softball title game
June 14, 2018
UNIVERSITY PARK — Two comeback wins in one week was probably too much to ask, but West Allegheny still gave it a try. The Indians

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Baldwin athletic director Vince Sortino, at his desk area.
Baldwin school board eliminates athletic director position
The Baldwin-Whitehall school board voted recently to eliminate the athletic director position despite passionate pleas from more than a dozen residents, current students and alumni.

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Canon-McMillan baseball coach Tim Bruzdewicz discusses his team's PIAA semifinal victory over Council Rock North on June 12, 2018, at Scotland.
Canon-McMillan earns trip to PIAA baseball finals
June 12, 2018
SCOTLAND — Zach Rohaley had never faced Council Rock North, but the Canon-McMillan right-hander felt like he already knew them at least a little. andquot;Whenever

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West Allegheny coach Bryan Cornell talks about his team's loss to Marple Newtown in the PIAA semifinals June 12, 2018, in Scotland.
West Allegheny baseball allows 1 hit in PIAA semifinal loss
SCOTLAND — West Allegheny starter Austin Hendrick held Marple Newtown to one harmless hit, a leadoff single in the first inning. But his Indians just

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Canon-McMillan starting pitcher Zachary Rohaley celebrates after getting out of the sixth inning after a lead off triple by North Allegheny's Ben Surman during the WPIAL 6-A Baseball Championship Wednesday May 30, 2018 at Wild Things Park.
PIAA alters baseball championship schedule, postpones some semifinals
June 11, 2018
The PIAA has switched its baseball championship schedule to accommodate school commencements. The Class 5A final is now 6 p.m. Thursday, and the Class 6A

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Baldwin athletic director Vince Sortino, at his desk area.
Sortino: Baldwin plans to eliminate athletic director position
June 8, 2018
Baldwin athletic director Vince Sortino, who oversees dozens of sports teams in one of the WPIAL's largest districts, said Friday that the school board plans

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West Allegheny's Natasha Yarowenko cheers with her team after defeating Thomas Jefferson during the WPIAL Class 5A softball championship Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Seton Hill University. West Allegheny won 4-2.
PIAA softball pairings: 2 WPIAL finals rematches scheduled Monday
Eleven days after West Allegheny and Thomas Jefferson met in the WPIAL Class 5A finals, the two softball teams will rematch in the PIAA semifinals.

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Vincentian pitcher Stephen Turzai delivers during the WPIAL Class A championship game against Union Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Wild Things Park.
PIAA baseball pairings: WPIAL guaranteed at least 2 state finalists
The WPIAL is guaranteed that at least two teams will reach the state baseball championships, and the district could have a finalist in all six

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Canon-McMillan's Cam Walker celebrates after scoring against North Allegheny in the PIAA Class 6A quarterfinals Thursday, June 7, 2018, at Seton Hill University.
Weston, Canon-McMillan defeat North Allegheny in PIAA Class 6A quarterfinals
June 7, 2018
Among Cam Weston's four-pitch arsenal is a swing-and-miss forkball he likes to throw, but lately he's used it rarely. andquot;I haven't been throwing strikes,andquot; the

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Northgate head coach T.J. Wiley talks with his team during heat acclimation drills.
Vincentian hires T.J. Wiley to relaunch football program
Eager to restart its football program, Vincentian Academy has hired veteran coach T.J. Wiley to lead the process. The school announced his hire Thursday. Wiley,

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Oakland Catholic's Brianne O'Rourke scores over Cheltenham's Jackie Dooley March 18, 2005, at the Giant Center in Hershey. The Lady Eagles defeated Cheltenham.
Oakland Catholic hires former star Brianne O’Rourke as girls basketball coach
June 6, 2018
Former Oakland Catholic basketball star Brianne O'Rourke, who won WPIAL and PIAA titles her senior year, is returning to her alma mater as coach. The

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North Allegheny's Ayden Owens competes in the Class AAA boys 110 meter high hurdles preliminary Friday, May 25, 2018, during the PIAA track and field state championships at Shippensburg University.
PTFCA names 4 WPIAL athletes first-team all-state
North Allegheny senior Ayden Owens was named first-team all-state in two events and second in another by the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association, but

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Girls on the Hempfield varsity team celebrate after the WPIAL Class 6A title game Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Seton Hill. Hempfield won 2-1 in 10 innings.
PIAA softball pairings: 4 all-WPIAL matchups in state quarterfinals
June 5, 2018
The WPIAL is guaranteed at least four softball teams in the state semifinals this season. Thursday's PIAA quarterfinals will include four all-WPIAL matchups: Hempfield vs.

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Canon-McMillan's Ian Hess tags out North Allegheny's C.J. Weller during the WPIAL 6-A Baseball Championship Wednesday May 30, 2018 at Wild Things Park.
PIAA baseball pairings: Canon-McMillan, North Allegheny will rematch at Seton Hill
Canon-McMillan and North Allegheny, the WPIAL Class 6A finalists, will rematch Thursday afternoon at Seton Hill. The PIAA on Tuesday announced state quarterfinal sites and

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Canon-McMillan's Greg Siller (5) celebrates with teammates after scoring on a walk-off single by Connor Flaherty in the bottom of the seventh inning of their PIAA Class 6A first round playoff game against Dallastown Monday, June 4, 2018, at Wild Things Park.
Flaherty’s walk-off lifts Canon-McMillan past Dallastown in PIAA 1st round
June 4, 2018
Canon-McMillan's Connor Flaherty has a knack for walk-off wins. The Big Macs senior attacked the first pitch he saw in Monday's seventh inning and drove

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Red Land's Joey Cotto scores past North Hills catcher JT Mazula during the third inning of their PIAA Class 5A first round playoff game Monday, June 4, 2018, at Wild Things Park.
WPIAL champion North Hills falls to Red Land in opening round of PIAA playoffs
Five days after celebrating a WPIAL baseball championship at Wild Things Park, North Hills' magical season ended on the same field. North Hills managed only

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Seton LaSalle's Lexi Wagner
Seton LaSalle’s Lexi Wagner earns state Gatorade Softball Player of the Year
Seton LaSalle senior shortstop/outfielder Lexi Wagner was named the state's Gatorade Softball Player of the Year on Monday. The Oregon recruit batted .680 with 14

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Frazier's Kathryn Barch pitches the ball against Laurel during the WPIAL Class 2A softball championship Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Seton Hill University. Laurel won 1-0.
PIAA softball pairings: Baldwin, Frazier visit Penn State for Monday’s openers
The Baldwin and Frazier softball teams are hoping to visit Penn State more than once this month. The two WPIAL teams start their state playoffs

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North Hills' Garret Barto celebrates his lead off double in the tenth inning against Mars Area during the WPIAL 5-A Baseball Championship Wednesday May 30, 2018 at Wild Things Park.
PIAA baseball pairings: 4 WPIAL champions return to Washington
Five days after celebrating WPIAL titles at Wild Things Park, Canon-McMillan and North Hills return Monday to the minor league baseball stadium to start the

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Arizona freshman Jordan Geist competes during the Desert Heat Classic on April 28, 2018, at Drachman Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.
Knoch’s Jordan Geist headed to NCAAs in both shot put, discus
June 3, 2018
PIAA record-holder Jordan Geist, now a freshman thrower at Arizona, will compete for a national title in the shot put and discus this week at

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WPIAL Hall of Fame induction can’t-miss for Tanisha Wright
June 2, 2018
Tanisha Wright boarded a morning flight to Pittsburgh hours after scoring 15 points for the Minnesota Lynx, choosing to skip her WNBA team's upcoming West

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Pine-Richland lineman Michael Katic adds Pitt offer
June 1, 2018
Pine-Richland lineman Michael Katic's recruitment has built steadily over the past six months. The soon-to-be senior, who announced his first FCS offer in December, added

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Penn State offer caps busy month for Mars’ Michael Carmody
May was a fruitful month for Mars' Michael Carmody. The nationally ranked football recruit added nine FBS scholarships in 31 days. The most recent was

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NFL, WNBA represented in WPIAL Hall of Fame class
Active players from the NFL and WNBA are among the WPIAL Hall of Fame class set for induction Saturday at a ceremony in Green Tree.

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Canon-McMillan celebrates beating North Allegheny in the WPIAL 6-A Baseball Championship Wednesday May 30, 2018 at Wild Things Park.
Canon-McMillan earns 1st WPIAL baseball title with win over North Allegheny
May 30, 2018
With a runner on third and no outs, Canon-McMillan pitcher Zach Rohaley heard the voice of his first baseman. andquot;Don't let them do it to

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NA seeks 8th WPIAL baseball title, Canon-Mac wants 1st
When North Allegheny played Canon-McMillan at Wild Things Park in March, NA left the stadium with hopes to return two months later. The minor league

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South Fayette takes down Ringgold to capture WPIAL Class 4A baseball title
May 29, 2018
South Fayette's Richie Dell was excited that his coach chose him to start the WPIAL championship and it showed right away. One pitch. One hit

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PIAA considers compliance committee with investigative duties
May 28, 2018
The PIAA someday could launch its own investigations into schools accused of breaking the rules. There are multiple proposals before the PIAA board this summer

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Shady Side Academy's Michael Tomlin reacts after winning the Class AA boys 300 meter hurdles final during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Shippensburg University.
Shady Side Academy’s Dino Tomlin wins PIAA hurdles title
May 27, 2018
SHIPPENSBURG — Winning a state track title isn't as simple as one, two, three, but counting to 22 seems to have helped Shady Side Academy's

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Winchester Thurston senior Tristan Forsythe won the Class A title at the PIAA cross country championships Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Hershey.
Winchester Thurston’s Forsythe defends PIAA title in 1,600
May 26, 2018
SHIPPENSBURG — Tristan Forsythe's parents were born in England, so he jokes that he's built for the rain that falls on Pennsylvania track meets. Saturday's

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Shady Side Academy's Melissa Riggins wins the Class AA girls 1600 meter final during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Shippensburg University.
Fast friends: Shady Side Academy’s Riggins, Freeport’s Shemanski finish 1-2 in PIAA Class AA 800
SHIPPENSBURG — As rival runners go, Freeport's Sidney Shemanski and Shady Side Academy's Melissa Riggins are closer than most. How close Only 17-hundredths of a

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North Allegheny's Ayden Owens reacts after winning the Class AAA boys 300 meter hurdles final during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Shippensburg University.
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SHIPPENSBURG — Ayden Owens' immediate future includes a track meet in Puerto Rico that could earn him a summer trip to Finland. His coach already

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South Park's Marco Maffeo wins the Class AA boys triple jump with a leap of 46 feet, 2.75 inches during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Shippensburg University.
South Park’s Marco Maffeo wins PIAA title in first year
SHIPPENSBURG – At this time last year, Marco Maffeo wasn't thinking about winning a triple jump title at the state track championships. andquot;I didn't even

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Derry's Jake Griffin defends on a spike by Deer Lakes's Dan Hutchinson Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Deer Lakes High School.
A-K Valley track and field notebook: Freeport’s Shemanski to vie for PIAA gold
May 25, 2018
SHIPPENSBURG — Eight days after finishing first and second in the WPIAL, Freeport sophomore Sidney Shemanski and Shady Side Academy freshman Melissa Riggins raced each

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Valley's Darius Johnson smiles after winning the Class AA boys high jump Friday, May 25, 2018, during the PIAA track and field state championships at Shippensburg University.
Valley’s Darius Johnson wins PIAA high jump with personal best
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South Park’s Maura Huwalt wins PIAA discus title
SHIPPENSBURG – For the second year in a row, South Park thrower Maura Huwalt arrived at the PIAA track and field championships with three chances

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North Allegheny rallies past Hempfield to reach 12th WPIAL baseball title game
May 23, 2018
North Allegheny needed a replacement outfielder, so senior Ben Surman grabbed a batting helmet and started getting ready, until coach Andrew Heck called for someone

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Thunderstorms postpone 4 WPIAL baseball playoff games
May 22, 2018
Thunderstorms forced the WPIAL to postpone four baseball playoff games originally scheduled for Tuesday night. All were rescheduled Wednesday. In Class 5A, Moon (13-3) now

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Hempfield shows depth in WPIAL quarterfinal triumph over Pine-Richland
Ground balls sure kept Hempfield first baseman Justin Sliwoski busy, which was exactly what pitcher Jake Anderson had wanted. andquot;Throw low, throw strikes and get

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WPIAL baseball, softball quarterfinals among Monday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
May 21, 2018
Vincentian Academy's baseball team hasn't played a real game in 10 days. Serra Catholic has waited 11 days, while Riverside and Blackhawk each were idle

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WPIAL holds 23 top seeds for state track championships
May 20, 2018
WPIAL athletes own the state's top seed in 23 events entering the PIAA track and field championships that start Friday in Shippensburg. The PIAA posted

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No track? No problem for Aliquippa sprinters who extend WPIAL relay streak to 5
May 19, 2018
There's a straight stretch of pavement beyond the end zone of Aliquippa's football stadium that the Quips track team uses for practice. The school doesn't

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Penn Hills QB Hollis Mathis commits to Howard
May 18, 2018
Penn Hills junior Hollis Mathis, one of the WPIAL's leading passers, announced Friday his commitment to Howard. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound quarterback passed for 2,435 yards

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4 WPIAL softball teams will try out Seton Hill
Four softball teams will get an early look at the WPIAL's new championship venue. The WPIAL scheduled a quarterfinal tripleheader Monday at Seton Hill, which

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Ayden Owens, Hunter Robinson win 4 more WPIAL track golds
North Allegheny's Ayden Owens and Avonworth/Northgate's Hunter Robinson finished their WPIAL track careers with performances that won't soon be forgotten. And that was their goal.

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Waynesburg pole vaulter Behm starts record-setting day at WPIAL championships
May 17, 2018
Waynesburg's Will Behm was watching three years ago when Riverview pole vaulter Evan Lesnick broke a WPIAL championship record. It's a moment that stuck with

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WPIAL schedules 3 tripleheaders in baseball quarterfinals
The WPIAL scheduled tripleheaders at Burkett Field, Upper St. Clair and Washington andamp; Jefferson next week when the baseball playoffs resume Monday and Tuesday with

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Canevin promotes Palmosino to boys basketball coach
Bishop Canevin's new boys basketball coach is already very familiar with the program. Assistant coach and former Canevin athlete Gino Palmosino was promoted to head

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Conti’s walk-off homer vaults Hampton past Gateway in Class 5A first round
May 15, 2018
Hampton's Phil Conti has accomplished plenty with the Talbots, but never had the William andamp; Mary recruit ended a game with a homer. andquot;We were

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Imani Christian's Rahmon Hart Jr. (11) scores a touchdown against Jeannette during the WPIAL 1A Championship on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
Imani’s Rahmon Hart commits to Ball State
May 14, 2018
Imani Christian junior Rahmon Hart Jr., a 6-foot-3 wide receiver, committed Monday to Ball State. The Rivals three-star recruit chose the Muncie, Ind., school over

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WPIAL notebook: Debate grows over separate playoffs
The WPIAL isn't the only PIAA district debating boundary and non-boundary schools. New Castle superintendent John Sarandrea told the WPIAL board Monday that he has

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WPIAL picks RMU for 2A football final, 5A site undecided
The WPIAL Class 2A football final will return to Robert Morris this fall, but a decision about Class 5A must wait. The WPIAL board voted

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The WPIAL softball playoffs start Monday afternoon with games in Class 5A, Class 2A and Class A. There are 16 games on the schedule. The

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Mars pitcher Will Bednar (16) competes against North Hills Monday, April 30, 2018, at North Hills.
5 pitchers to watch in WPIAL baseball playoffs
Here are five pitchers to watch when the WPIAL baseball playoffs start Tuesday. Will Bednar, Mars, junior With a fastball that reaches the 90s, Bednar

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Pine-Richland's Troy Laneve competes during practice Friday, March 23, 2018, at Pine-Richland.
5 players to watch in WPIAL baseball playoffs
Here are five position players to watch when the WPIAL baseball playoffs start Tuesday. Mark Black, Serra Catholic, sophomore Black is a catcher with a

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WPIAL approves Corey Thomas’ transfer to Penn Hills
May 13, 2018
The WPIAL questioned Corey Thomas about his mid-year transfer to Penn Hills before ruling the standout junior eligible in a hearing this week. Thomas, who

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Belle Vernon players celebrate with the championship trophy after defeating Yough in the WPIAL Class 4A softball final Thursday, June 1 2017, at California University.
WPIAL might use Seton Hill for some softball quarterfinals
May 12, 2018
Seton Hill will host the WPIAL softball finals later this month, but some playoff teams could get an early look at the new championship venue.

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Penn Hills’ Daivon Stephens signs with Eastern Michigan
Daivon Stephens, who led Penn Hills to a WPIAL Class 6A basketball title, signed Saturday with Eastern Michigan. Penn Hills announced the senior's decision on

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Breaking down the 2018 WPIAL baseball playoffs
May 11, 2018
Here's a breakdown of the 2018 WPIAL baseball playoffs. Class 6A Favorite: Winning Section 1 makes Central Catholic a title favorite. The teams in that

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WPIAL baseball pairings: Central Catholic, Moon among No. 1 seeds
Teams that played in the rain were rewarded by the WPIAL baseball committee. When the committee seeded the playoff brackets Friday, it used all the

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Boys lacrosse pairings: Pine-Richland, Mars enter playoffs as top seeds
May 10, 2018
Pine-Richland and Mars drew the No. 1 seeds in the WPIAL boys lacrosse playoff brackets revealed Thursday. Pine-Richland drew the top seed in Class AAA

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WPIAL softball pairings: 4 defending champions draw No. 1 seeds
Four defending WPIAL champions received No. 1 seeds in the softball playoff brackets revealed Thursday. Hempfield in Class 6A, West Allegheny in 5A, Frazier in

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WPIAL reveals tennis brackets for boys doubles tournament
May 9, 2018
A year after finishing as WPIAL runners-up, Hampton tennis pair Ben Ringeisen and Ted Donegan is ready for another run at the doubles title. The

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John Wiley among 5 football coaches picked for PSFCA hall
John Wiley, who was a head football coach for 24 years at Danville, Titusville and Clearfield before joining son T.J. Wiley's staff in the WPIAL,

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Lincoln Park grad Nelly Cummings transfers to Colgate
Nelly Cummings is transferring to Colgate, the former Lincoln Park basketball star announced on Twitter. His decision came about two months after Cummings said he

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WPIAL team track championships in Monday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
May 7, 2018
When the WPIAL team track championships start Monday afternoon, Butler, Hempfield, North Allegheny and Norwin will send both their boys and girls to compete in

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WPIAL nears decision on Class 5A, 2A football finals
WPIAL Class 5A and 2A football teams should soon learn the site for their championship games. The WPIAL board will likely choose a host site

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Thomas Burns wins state football title in Pa., track title in Fla.
In the same school year, Thomas Burns won a state football title in Pennsylvania and a state track title in Florida. Burns, the brother of

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3 more WPIAL athletes claim top spot in state track rankings
May 6, 2018
After Saturday's meets, Hunter Robinson, Noah Beveridge and Zach Gehm can say that nobody in Pennsylvania has either run faster or thrown farther than them.

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Elite QBs highlight West roster for PSFCA East-West Game
May 5, 2018
If the PSFCA East-West Game becomes a shootout, coach Eric Kasperowicz has two quarterbacks accustomed to big numbers. South Fayette's Drew Saxton and Selinsgrove's Logan

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Downpour creates ‘brutal’ 1,600 meters at Baldwin Invite
Mt. Lebanon's Patrick Anderson was leading the boys 1,600-meter race when the storm clouds let loose over the Baldwin Invitational. The rain was shockingly cold,

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North Allegheny’s Ayden Owens breaks Dion Bentley’s decades-old record at Baldwin Invitational
Days like this are why Ayden Owens is a Southern Cal recruit. The North Allegheny senior dazzled Friday at the Baldwin Invitation by sweeping the

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Butler’s Ethan Morton invited to USA Basketball training camp
May 4, 2018
Rather than Butler's blue and gold, Ethan Morton could wear some red, white and blue this summer. The sophomore basketball star was among 24 high

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Tennis finals rematch among Friday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
For the second season in a row, Peters Township's Connor Bruce and Fox Chapel's Robby Shymansky will battle in the WPIAL tennis finals. The two

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North Allegheny's Ayden Owens wins the boys 110 meter high hurdles final during the Butler Invitational Friday, April 20, 2018, at Butler Area High School.
5 storylines for Friday’s Baldwin Invitational
May 3, 2018
Standing room around the shot put area won't be quite as crowded Friday for the Baldwin Invitational, now that record-setting thrower Jordan Geist of Knoch

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2 WPIAL recruits add Duke football offers, face busy month ahead
May 2, 2018
Two of the WPIAL's top underclassmen recruits announced Duke football scholarships Wednesday with more offers likely to come this month. Gateway freshman Derrick Davis and

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Section 1-6A baseball finales among Wednesday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
The WPIAL playoff race remains crowded in Section 1-6A baseball, but almost everybody in contention could end up celebrating. There are two section finales Wednesday

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19 from WPIAL, City League earn all-state boys basketball honors
May 1, 2018
Add another award to Robby Carmody's resume. The Mars senior and Notre Dame recruit was named Pennsylvania's Class 5A Player of the Year in a

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Mars Area is reflected in their runner-up trophy after their game against Neumann-Goretti during the PIAA Class AAA boys basketball championship on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Neumann-Goretti won 99-66.
WPIAL survey: 86 percent want separate playoffs for non-boundary schools
April 30, 2018
An overwhelming majority of WPIAL schools want to split boundary and non-boundary schools into separate postseason tournaments, according to survey results released Monday. The WPIAL

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Mars' Tai Johnson (left) and Lauren Wasylson hoist the PIAA championship trophy after defeating Archbishop Wood, 36-33, in the PIAA Class 5A girls state final Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey.
24 WPIAL players, 2 coaches earn all-state girls basketball honors
April 24, 2018
Mars basketball teammates Lauren Wasylson and Tai Johnson, who won a state title together, have reason to celebrate with coach Dana Petruska one more time.

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Mars Area is reflected in their runner-up trophy after their game against Neumann-Goretti during the PIAA Class AAA boys basketball championship on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Neumann-Goretti won 99-66.
WPIAL sends 4-question survey asking about non-boundary schools
April 23, 2018
School administrators received a four-questions survey Monday from the WPIAL asking about non-boundary schools, transfer rules and expanded classifications. The WPIAL board of directors voted

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Class AA boys team tennis tournament tops Friday’s WPIAL schedule
April 20, 2018
Sewickley Academy starts its quest for a 15th consecutive WPIAL Class AA championship when the boys team tennis tournament begins Friday with first-round matches. Sewickley

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WPIAL sets baseball, softball, lacrosse sections for 2019 season
April 19, 2018
Every WPIAL baseball and softball section will have at least one new team next season in the updated spring sports alignments approved by the WPIAL

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Aliquippa head coach Mike Zmijanac shares a lighter moment with quarterback Kwantell Raines after he flipped into the end zone against Beaver Falls Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 at Geneva College.
Ringgold names Mike Zmijanac new football coach
April 18, 2018
Mike Zmijanac wasn't ready for retirement. Eight weeks after the Aliquippa school board surprisingly voted him out, Zmijanac was hired Wednesday night as Ringgold's new

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Winchester Thurston's Tristan Forsythe crosses the finish line to win the WPIAL boys Class A championship race Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, at Cooper's Lake Campground.
21 athletes picked for WPIAL scholarships
The WPIAL announced its annual scholarship winners Wednesday with 21 student-athletes receiving $1,000 apiece. The boys winners were Mars' Robby Carmody, Thomas Jefferson's Garret Fairman,

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Former New Castle High School boys basketball coach John Sarandrea, pictured in 1998, sends in some instruction from the bench during his team's victory over Shaler.
WPIAL superintendents urge PIAA to split public, private school playoffs
Splitting public and private schools into separate postseason tournaments is an idea worth exploring, New Castle superintendent John Sarandrea told the WPIAL board of directors

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WPIAL annual meeting, boys tennis tournament on Wednesday’s schedule
Wednesday is a busy day for WPIAL administrators. First on the schedule is the WPIAL annual meeting at the DoubleTree in Green Tree, where PIAA

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Sewickley Academy seeks 15th consecutive WPIAL boys tennis title
When was the last time someone other than Sewickley Academy won the WPIAL Class AA boys tennis tournament Before some of Sewickley's freshmen were born.

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East Allegheny's Amani Johnson scores over Bishop Canevin's Gillan Gustine in the WPIAL Class 3A girls basketball final Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Petersen Events Center.
Amani Johnson, Lauren Wasylson earn All-Pennsylvania honors from USA Today
April 17, 2018
East Allegheny's Amani Johnson and Mars' Lauren Wasylson, two of the WPIAL's top girls basketball players, earned All-Pennsylvania honors from USA Today on Tuesday. Johnson,

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Albert Gallatin head coach Shawn Liotta talks with his players during the Alle-Kiski Football Challenge at Kiski Area High School on Thursday, July 28, 2016.
Burrell hires Shawn Liotta as football coach
There are 160,000 miles on Shawn Liotta's six-year-old vehicle, but he and his trusty Chrysler won't make quite as many road trips anymore. Not since

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Quaker Valley football coach Ron Balog
Quaker Valley hires Ron Balog as football coach
Quaker Valley's new football coach is more focused on next season rather than last. Ron Balog, a former youth coach and Central Catholic assistant, was

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Mars' Robby Carmody blocks a shot by Abington Heights' Mike Malone during the PIAA Class 5A boys state championship game Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Mars’ Robby Carmody earns All-Pennsylvania honor from USA Today
April 16, 2018
Mars senior Robby Carmody was the lone Western Pennsylvania player to earn a spot on USA Today's All-Pennsylvania boys basketball team announced Monday. The Notre

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Winchester Thurston's Gia Thorpe scores over West Greene's Madison Lampe during the WPIAL Class A girls final March 2, 2018, at Petersen Events Center.
Winchester Thurston’s Thorpe commits to Howard
Winchester Thurston senior Gia Thorpe, a 5-foot-8 guard who won consecutive WPIAL basketball titles, announced her commitment Monday to Howard University. The Trib 10 selection

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Rain could wash out first-place baseball matchups Monday
It's safe to say Monday's boys volleyball game between Fox Chapel and North Hills will be played as scheduled. But beyond that indoor matchup, the

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Mike Coleman’s commitment gives Toledo another Woodland Hills recruit
April 15, 2018
Mike Coleman's first offer was ultimately his favorite. The Woodland Hills junior drew more than a dozen football scholarships before committing Saturday to Toledo, which

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Pine-Richland defenders Tommy Camino (6) and Anthony Cerminara (34) and Tyler King force a fumble by Wayne quarterback Rashad McKee during the second quarter Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Pine.
Pine-Richland linebacker Tyler King commits to Navy
About three weeks after announcing an offer from Navy, Pine-Richland's Tyler King was ready to commit Saturday to the Midshipmen. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound junior linebacker

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Gateway High School's Jeremiah Josephs (2) rushes the ball down field against Woodland Hills on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.
Gateway defensive back Jeremiah Josephs commits to Miami (Ohio)
Gateway defensive back Jeremiah Josephs, who led the Gators with seven interceptions last season, announced his commitment to Miami (Ohio) on Saturday. The 6-foot, 160-pound

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Belle Vernon boys basketball coach Kyle DeGregorio works with Derek Thomas during practice Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at the high school.
Baldwin hires Kyle DeGregorio, Eugene Wilson as basketball coaches
April 13, 2018
Baldwin athletic director Vince Sortino found his new girls basketball coach just across the hallway in Kyle DeGregorio, who's a guidance counselor in the district.

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Vincentian baseball’s ‘really good offensive day’ leads to 32-2 win over Leechburg
Vincentian Academy baseball coach Brad Bestic knew Thursday's lopsided score would raise some eyebrows. His Royals won 32-2 at Leechburg in three innings. andquot;I've already

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Woodland Hills runs onto the playing field prior to their game against Bethel Park on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, at the Wolvarena. Woodland Hills won 28-23.
Woodland Hills football announces 6-game Week Zero event
April 12, 2018
Woodland Hills and five other WPIAL football teams will take part in a two-day Week Zero event at the Wolvarena this fall. There are six

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Curtis Bray won the 1987 Gatorade Pennsylvania and National Player of the Year awards for his play on the football field at Gateway High School. He was the first defensive player to win the national award.
Gateway trio among WPIAL Hall of Fame class
Gateway's Terry Smith will be inducted into the WPIAL Hall of Fame alongside two athletes he knows very well. Smith, former Gators teammate Curtis Bray

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Upper St. Clair, North Hills baseball trying to stay hot Wednesday
April 11, 2018
The North Hills and Upper St. Clair baseball teams, which got a headstart to their schedules down south, each could add their WPIAL-leading seventh win

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Mars' Robby Carmody takes on four Abington Heights defenders during the PIAA Class 2A boys state championship game Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Mars’ Robby Carmody
Robby Carmody's senior-year mission was clear: Earn Mars its first WPIAL basketball title. Mission accomplished. But it's what Carmody did along the way to lead

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Charters-Houston's Alexa Williamson grabs a rebound between Vincentian's Alana Winkler and Katie Barlett (21) during the WPIAL Class 2A girls basketball final March 1, 2018, at Petersen Events Center.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Chartiers-Houston’s Alexa Williamson
Alexa Williamson created a mismatch for most teams. The 6-foot-1 senior dominated in the paint for Chartiers-Houston, led the WPIAL in scoring, averaged a double-double

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3 top-ranked softball teams face a tough section test Monday
April 9, 2018
The Mt. Pleasant, South Park and Chartiers-Houston softball teams are playing Monday for more than their top-ranked status in the WPIAL. All three No. 1s

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Trib 10 basketball: 2,000-point scorers lead all-star selections
April 7, 2018
This was a big year for big scorers. There are four seniors among the Trib 10 all-stars who reached the 2,000-point mark this season, a

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Back in Miami, Thomas Burns has nation’s top hurdles time — again
April 6, 2018
Thomas Burns disappointed more than a few WPIAL track fans this winter when the star hurdler transferred home to Miami. Here's why: The former Pine-Richland

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Butler’s Ethan Morton offered scholarship by new Pitt coach Jeff Capel
West Virginia, Penn State and Duquesne had offered Ethan Morton a basketball scholarship, along with Purdue, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Iowa and a few others. Pitt

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Aquinas Academy hires George Yokitis as boys basketball coach
Basketball coach George Yokitis, the state's Class A coach of the year in 2011, was hired Friday to lead Aquinas Academy's boys team. Yokitis previously

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West Allegheny baseball’s debut among Friday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
West Allegheny baseball already had six wins in the scorebook before April 6 last season, but the highly ranked Indians are winless right now. And

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East Allegheny’s Amani Johnson named WBCA honorable mention All-American
April 5, 2018
East Allegheny senior Amani Johnson, who'll graduate with 2,345 career points, earned honorable mention All-American honors from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. The WBCA chose

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Gateway freshman Derrick Davis adds Michigan football offer
April 4, 2018
Gateway freshman Derrick Davis has almost three years to pick a college, but his number of options keeps growing. Davis on Wednesday announced a football

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Undefeated USC, Canon-Mac on deck in Wednesday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
All eyes are on the weather forecast this week, which calls for wind and possibly rain Wednesday morning with an afternoon temperature near 40. It's

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Mars sophomore Michael Carmody (right) and his father Rob Carmody celebrated an international basketball title Tuesday, April 3, 2018, when Team Ohio won the Junior International Tournament in Lissone, Italy.
Mars’ Michael Carmody celebrates international basketball title in Italy
April 3, 2018
Vincitore! Mars sophomore Michael Carmody and his father/coach Rob Carmody celebrated an international basketball title Tuesday when Team Ohio won the Junior International Tournament in

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Penn Hills linebacker Darrell Mason added to Big 33 roster
April 2, 2018
Penn Hills linebacker Darrell Mason was added Monday to Pennsylvania's roster for the Big 33 Football Classic. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Robert Morris commit originally was

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Bishop Canevin's Diajha Allen is pressured by Neumann-Goretti's Diamond Johnson during the PIAA Class 3A girls state championship game Monday, March 26, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA board shows willingness to tackle transfer issues
March 30, 2018
Two rules enacted this week showed that the current PIAA board of directors views transfers as a serious problem, said WPIAL president Scott Seltzer. andquot;I

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West Allegheny outfielder Austin Hendrick fields a ball by Greater Latrobe in PIAA class 5A baseball quarterfinals at Consol Energy Park, on Thursday, June 08, 2017.
2 WPIAL baseball underclassmen named preseason All-Americans
Pine-Richland infielder Troy LaNeve and West Allegheny outfielder Austin Hendrick received preseason underclassmen All-American honors Friday from Perfect Game. The amateur baseball scouting organization, which

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The Mars girls basketball team celebrates with the PIAA championship trophy after defeating Archbishop Wood in the Class 5A state final Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Mars girls edge Archbishop Wood to capture 1st PIAA title
March 28, 2018
HERSHEY — Mars junior Tai Johnson chased after Archbishop Wood as the Philadelphia Catholic League powerhouse held for the final shot, looking for any chance

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Mars' Robby Carmody drives past Abington Heights' Mike Malone during the PIAA Class 5A boys state championship game Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Robby Carmody scores 34 but Mars boys fall to Abington Heights in PIAA title game
March 27, 2018
HERSHEY — Robby Carmody spent the final 86 seconds on the Giant Center bench, sitting beside his brother Michael and teammate Cade Hetzler, who all

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OLSH's Dante Spadafora drives past Constitution's Damon Wall during the PIAA Class 2A boys state championship game Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey.
OLSH’s rally falls short as Constitution wins PIAA Class 2A boys basketball title
HERSHEY — As Dante Spadafora was about to leave Hershey with his Our Lady of the Sacred Heart teammates, the freshman point guard made a

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Mars' Michael Carmody scores over Hampton's Ryan Dayton during 5-A boys PIAA first round action Friday, March 9, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
PIAA Class 5A boys basketball championship preview: Mars vs. Abington Heights
Class 5A boys Mars (25-4) vs. Abington Heights (26-3) 8 p.m. Tuesday, Giant Center, Hershey Starting lineups Mars Coach: Rob Carmody No., name, position, height,

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OLSH's Austin Wigley battles Sewickley Academy's Nate Ridgeway for a rebound during their PIAA Class 2A state semifinal Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at Peters Township High School.
PIAA Class 2A boys basketball championship preview: OLSH vs. Constitution
Class 2A boys OLSH (26-3) vs. Constitution (20-11) 2 p.m. Tuesday, Giant Center, Hershey Starting lineups Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Coach: Mike Rodriguez

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Imhotep Charter's Elijah Taylor blocks a shot by Sharon's Ramell Askerneese during the PIAA Class 4A boys state championship game Monday, March 26, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Imhotep Charter defeats Sharon in PIAA 4A final
Sharon was celebrating its first state championship appearance in six decades, but the Tigers found little else to cheer Monday night in Hershey. Imhotep Charter's

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Bishop Canevin's Shamyjha Price (32) is consoled by Lauren Gamble after their 63-46 loss to Neumann-Goretti in the PIAA Class 3A girls state championship game Monday, March 26, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Bishop Canevin girls fall to Neumann-Goretti in PIAA title game for 2nd straight season
March 26, 2018
HERSHEY — There's no reason to feel embarrassed or ashamed after Monday's championship loss to Neumann-Goretti, said Bishop Canevin coach Scott Dibble, at least not

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PIAA board targets midseason transfers with new rule
March 25, 2018
Midseason transfers will be declared ineligible under a rule the PIAA board of directors is poised to approve Monday. Under the new restrictions, if an

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Swimmers leap off their starting blocks for the start of the 500 freestyle during the WPIAL Swim Championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool in Oakland on March 2, 2018.
4 schools join Class AA in updated WPIAL swimming alignment
The boys and girls swim teams at Chartiers Valley, Laurel Highlands, McKeesport and Montour will drop to Class AA next season. The WPIAL board of

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Pine-Richland's Phil Jurkovec walks from the court after an overtime loss to Roman Catholic in a PIAA Class 6A semifinal Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Chambersburg High School.
Pine-Richland loses in OT, denied return trip to Hershey
March 24, 2018
Tied with 72 seconds left, Pine-Richland held the ball and Roman Catholic held its breath. The Rams were holding for a last-second shot that would

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Quaker Valley's Coletrane Washington scores past Sharon's Elite Williams (5), James McKinney (2) and Tristan Ballard during their PIAA Class 4A semifinal Monday, March 19, 2018, at New Castle High School.
ITPS cancels underclassmen showcase games
March 23, 2018
Organizers want the first ITPS Cancer Sucks charity basketball games to be a controversy-free success, so they've canceled the underclassmen contests that drew critics. Now,

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Mars’ Robby Carmody (24) shoots against Neumann-Goretti’s Rasheed Browne during the PIAA Class AAA boys basketball championship Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Neumann-Goretti won 99-66.
PIAA postpones basketball semifinals to Saturday, finals next week
March 21, 2018
With the state blanketed in snow, the PIAA postponed its boys and girls basketball championship until next week. The state finals are now Monday-Wednesday. The

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OLSH's Austin Wigley celebrates his game-winning shot to defeat Sewickley Academy, 70-68 in overtime, during their PIAA Class 2A state semifinal Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at Peters Township High School.
OLSH defeats rival Sewickley Academy in overtime to reach PIAA Class 2A final
March 20, 2018
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Sewickley Academy know one another as well as any section rivals in the WPIAL. So, OLSH added a

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PIAA postpones Pine-Richland, CWNC, Mars state basketball semifinals
With snow in the forecast, the PIAA postponed many of Tuesday night's state basketball semifinal to Thursday. The delays will affect the Pine-Richland boys, the

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Quaker Valley’s offense struggles in PIAA semifinal loss to Sharon
For Quaker Valley, this was the kind of night where even a breakaway layup bounced off the side of the rim. Sharon quickly grabbed that

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Former player Mike Warfield accepts Aliquippa head coaching position
March 19, 2018
Aliquippa's next football coach is a former player from the 1980s, but not the one many had expected. Former Quips quarterback Mike Warfield said the

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WPIAL notebook: Seton Hill to host softball title games; Cross country moves to Cal (Pa.)
The WPIAL softball and cross country championships are on the move. The WPIAL board of directors voted Monday to move the softball finals to Seton

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PIAA basketball semifinals top Monday’s 3 things to watch
The Mars and Quaker Valley boys basketball teams had just two days to put their quarterfinal wins behind them. After winning Friday night, each team

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North Allegheny’s Ayden Owens named finalist for national award
Fresh off winning a national hurdles title, North Allegheny senior Ayden Owens was named this week as a finalist for MileSplit male athlete of the

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Former NFL player Sean Gilbert finalist to coach Aliquippa football
March 18, 2018
Former NFL player Sean Gilbert is among three finalists to become Aliquippa's next football coach. Gilbert, Cornell coach Ed Dawson and Central Valley assistant Mike

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Bishop Canevin, East Allegheny to rematch in PIAA girls semifinals
WPIAL finalists Bishop Canevin and East Allegheny will rematch Monday night with a trip to Hershey awaiting the winner. The teams will play at Gateway

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5 WPIAL boys teams reach PIAA basketball semifinals
So far this season, Sewickley Academy and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart played one another for the section title and the WPIAL title. The

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ITPS Classic charity basketball games face resistance over underclassmen participation
As an event organizer, Shane Phillips has read and reread Article IX of the PIAA bylaws, particularly Section 2 that deals with all-star games. The

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Pine-Richland scores last to defeat Allderdice in PIAA quarterfinal
March 17, 2018
Pine-Richland's Dan Petcash almost couldn't miss a shot, while teammate Greg Shulkosky had made just one basket all afternoon. With the score tied Saturday and

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Aliquippa could hire football coach Wednesday to replace Mike Zmijanac
Aliquippa could have its next football coach in place within days. Three finalists will interview Monday with the entire school board, said Aliquippa superintendent Pete

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Early deficit too much for New Castle in PIAA quarterfinal loss
There just wasn't enough time for New Castle to fix all that went wrong in the first five minutes. District 10 champion Sharon used a

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Stopping Carmody, Mars no easy task for Highlands boys basketball
March 15, 2018
If there's a blueprint for attacking Mars, it usually starts here: Don't let Robby Carmody have a monster night. Of course, that's easier said than

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Allderdice gets defense to oust WPIAL champion Penn Hills from PIAA playoffs
The outcome didn't surprise Allderdice's Terrell Childs in the least, but he was shocked by the numbers on Baldwin's scoreboard. andquot;Forty-one to forty-fourandquot; A raucous

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Sites and times announced for Friday’s PIAA basketball quarterfinals
March 14, 2018
The PIAA announced sites and times for Friday's state basketball quarterfinals and the schedule includes an all-WPIAL doubleheader at Gateway. WPIAL Class 5A boys champion

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Robby Carmody leads Mars to fourth straight PIAA quarterfinal
As Mars' Robby Carmody walked to the bench with three first-half fouls, the Trinity student section chanted with delight. The strategy on the court and

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Upper St. Clair replaces Hampton in PIHL semifinals
March 13, 2018
The PIHL announced Tuesday that Hampton used an ineligible hockey player in last week's quarterfinal win and therefore will be replaced by Upper St. Clair

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PTFCA announces all-state honors for indoor track
March 12, 2018
North Allegheny hurdler Ayden Owens and the Seneca Valley boys distance medley earned first-team honors Monday night when the PTFCA announced its indoor track all-state

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WPIAL boys tennis openers among Monday’s 3 things to watch
The weather forecast predicts a high temperature in the mid-40s Monday afternoon with a chance of snow flurries earlier in the day, but the WPIAL

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NA’s Owens wins national hurdles title, breaks state record
March 11, 2018
North Allegheny hurdler Ayden Owens won a national title Sunday and set a state record at the same time. The senior won the 60-meter hurdles

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PIAA girls basketball pairings: North Allegheny rematches Altoona again
It's Round 3 for North Allegheny and Altoona girls basketball. The WPIAL champion's undefeated record could be tested Tuesday night when North Allegheny (26-0) faces

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PIAA boys basketball pairings: WPIAL, City League champions collide at Baldwin
It's the WPIAL champion vs. the City League champion. Penn Hills and Allderdice will play Wednesday night at Baldwin in a PIAA Class 6A boys

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New pools could let Upper St. Clair start water polo team
They're rare in Western Pennsylvania, but Upper St. Clair could start a water polo program in the not too distant future. That's one of options

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North Allegheny’s Ayden Owens places second in pentathlon at nationals
North Allegheny's Ayden Owens took second in the pentathlon Saturday at the New Balance Indoor Nationals, but wasn't able to topple defending champion Kyle Garland.

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Blaufeld carries Allderdice past Mt. Lebanon in PIAA first-round victory
March 10, 2018
Allderdice's Jackson Blaufeld is an opponent you love to watch, said Mt. Lebanon coach Joe David after sharing a gym with the junior Saturday. andquot;But

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North Allegheny stays undefeated with PIAA 1st-round win
This win really wasn't much different than North Allegheny's other 25 this season, insisted coach Spencer Stefko. Yes, the Tigers played Friday without star point

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Quaker Valley drops Grove City to reach PIAA 2nd round
Quaker Valley's Ryan Stowers wasn't arrogant enough to think he couldn't miss, but he also knew he hadn't missed all night. Three 3s, five 2s

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First-round PIAA basketball games among Friday’s 3 things to watch
March 9, 2018
The PIAA basketball playoffs start Friday night with first-round contests in Class 5A, 4A and A boys and Class 6A, 3A and 2A girls. In

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Record-setting football coach Tom Nola considers return to sideline
March 8, 2018
Retired football coach Tom Nola considered a comeback this winter while relaxing on the beaches of sunny Florida. andquot;I went to a few games last

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Mars’ Robby Carmody wins Pa. Gatorade Player of the Year, joins star-studded list
Robby Carmody joined a star-studded list that includes Kobe Bryant and Rasheed Wallace when the Mars basketball player was named Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the

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Sto-Rox receives $250,000 grant from NFL Foundation for turf
March 7, 2018
The grass is looking greener for Sto-Rox football. The Steelers announced Tuesday that the school would receive a $250,000 matching grant through the NFL Foundation

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Five things to watch for the PIAA basketball tournament
Will the City of Brotherly Love show some compassion to the rest of the state Since Philadelphia high schools joined PIAA basketball more than a

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Upper St. Clair building new aquatics center at high school
March 6, 2018
Upper St. Clair will build a new aquatics center at the high school that includes an eight-lane pool and a separate special-use pool suitable for

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It’s officially spring for PIAA baseball, softball, lacrosse and track athletes
March 5, 2018
It's officially spring, at least for high school athletes. With afternoon temperatures near 40, Monday was the first day across Pennsylvania that spring sports teams

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Pine-Richland football announces, deletes Week Zero matchup with IMG Academy
Call it a false start. Pine-Richland's football team announced Monday on Twitter that it will start next season against Florida powerhouse IMG Academy, which finished

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Penn Hills boys foil Pine-Richland’s 3-peat bid in WPIAL Class 6A final
March 4, 2018
Confident and comfortable were the words Cory Fulton chose to describe Penn Hills' halftime mood while trailing a two-time defending champion in the WPIAL finals.

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PIAA girls basketball pairings: Top teams from WPIAL Class 3A scheduled for triple-header
The top three girls basketball teams in WPIAL Class 3A will share a gym Friday night for the first round of the state playoffs. Peters

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PIAA boys basketball pairings: ‘Round 4’ awaits section rivals in 5A bracket
It's Round 4 of Mars vs. Hampton and Franklin Regional vs. Highlands. The Class 5A section rivals will open the PIAA boys basketball playoffs Friday

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Penn Hills boys foil Pine-Richland’s 3-peat bid in WPIAL Class 6A final
March 3, 2018
Confident and comfortable were the words Cory Fulton chose to describe Penn Hills' halftime mood while trailing a two-time defending champion in the WPIAL finals.

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Pine-Richland's Phil Jurkovec (l), Colin Luellen and Dan Petcash (r) after beating Woodland Hills in 6-A boys semifinal at North Hills Middle School
WPIAL Class 6A boys final preview: A third consecutive title would earn Pine-Richland place in WPIAL history
Three years, three trips to the WPIAL finals for Pine-Richland, but each has had a different story. andquot;The first year we wanted to do it

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Sewickley Academy edges rival OLSH to defend WPIAL Class 2A boys title
March 2, 2018
After just 10 minutes under the Petersen Events Center lights, Sewickley Academy owned a 21-point lead and seemed ready for a championship rout. Our Lady

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Lincoln Park boys take down Seton LaSalle in WPIAL Class 3A title game
March 1, 2018
Lincoln Park's Keeno Holmes knows there are two silver medals stashed away somewhere in his home, but he can't say exactly where because he never

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Pine-Richland's Phil Jurkovec (l), Colin Luellen and Dan Petcash (r) after beating Woodland Hills in 6-A boys semifinal at North Hills Middle School
Balanced scoring effort helps Pine-Richland top Woodland Hills, advance to 3rd straight WPIAL title game
February 28, 2018
When Pine-Richland coach Jeff Ackermann glanced at the scoreboard, what he saw worried him. It wasn't so much the third-quarter score — the Rams were

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WPIAL Class 6A, 4A boys semifinals on deck in Wednesday’s games to watch
February 27, 2018
Pine-Richland, New Castle and Quaker Valley already know the way to Petersen Events Center. Those three finalists from last season will try to earn return

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic starters celebrate beating Central Valley during 4-A girls WPIAL semifinal Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 at Moon High School.
Strong 2nd quarter propels No. 1 CW North Catholic past Central Valley in WPIAL semifinals
February 26, 2018
As the preseason title favorites, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic coach Molly Rottmann admitted she was a little nervous for Monday night's WPIAL semifinal. andquot;You've been

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Seton LaSalle boys top CWNC to reach WPIAL Class 3A final
With 12.7 seconds left, Seton LaSalle's Nick Deanes admitted, his mind wandered back to last February. A year ago, Deanes saw two free throws rim

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Section rivals face semifinal rematches in Monday’s 3 boys games to watch
The semifinals are full of familiar names. In Class 3A and A, the two brackets in action Monday, the eight semifinalists have combined for 11

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Stall tactics pay off for Penn Hills in WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal win over Central Catholic
February 24, 2018
Quickness is usually Penn Hills' game. The Indians use tempo to force other teams into mistakes and use their speed for transition baskets. Yet, earlier

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Baskets scarce as Franklin Regional edges Moon in WPIAL quarterfinals
February 23, 2018
Two free throws in the final 22 seconds by junior Nick Leopold accounted for Franklin Regional's entire offensive output for the fourth quarter. Somehow, those

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Semifinal spots available for Class 6A, A girls in 3 games to watch Friday
Two dominant girls favorites begin their postseasons Friday when North Allegheny in Class 6A and Winchester Thurston in Class A finally make their playoff debuts

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After first-round byes, top seeds in Class 5A, 2A finally join boys basketball playoffs in 3 games to watch Friday
After enjoying first-round byes, the top seeds in Class 5A and 2A finally join the WPIAL playoff action Friday night with a trip to the

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Imani Christian assistant coach LaRoi Johnson yells to the crowd during play against Jeannette during the WPIAL Class 1A championship Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
Sto-Rox hires LaRoi Johnson as football coach
As an Imani Christian assistant, LaRoi Johnson admired Sto-Rox's potential from across the football field. But what Johnson didn't know in November was that he'd

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Aliquippa head coach Mike Zmijanac checks his play book during the third fourth quarter against Central Valley Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Center.
Aliquippa school board votes to open position of football coach Mike Zmijanac
February 21, 2018
Mike Zmijanac listened quietly from the small auditorium's seats as a former player and several others asked the Aliquippa school board to let the hall

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Class 3A girls bracket begins after weeklong wait in 3 games to watch Wednesday
After waiting for more than a week, the WPIAL Class 3A girls basketball teams start their postseason on Wednesday with four first-round matchups between seeds

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Class 4A boys bracket includes 2017 rematch in 3 games to watch Wednesday
The boys basketball schedule Wednesday includes only four games, all from the Class 4A bracket. The top four teams received bye, so the matchups involve

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Hampton boys hold off Gateway rally with last-second stand
With 1.8 seconds left in a two-point game, the in-bounds pass was destined for Gateway's JP Kromka. Gateway knew it. Hampton knew it. Even so,

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Central Catholic's Khalil Weathers (19) rushes the ball downfield during Central Catholic's game against North Allegheny at North Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
11 from WPIAL chosen for Big 33 Football Classic
February 20, 2018
Central Catholic teammates David Green, Khalil Weathers and Liam Slattery were among the players picked to represent Pennsylvania in the 61st annual Big 33 Football

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Aliquippa head coach Mike Zmijanac brings his team together before playing Derry during the WPIAL Class AAA semifinal on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 at Fox Chapel High School. Aliquippa won 46-20.
Aliquippa school board to consider replacing football coach Mike Zmijanac
The Aliquippa school board could vote Wednesday to replace football coach Mike Zmijanac after 21 seasons and 13 trips to the WPIAL finals. Zmijanac led

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Butler's Ethan Morton (25) moves the ball up the court during their WPIAL playoff game against Latrobe on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School. Latrobe won 73-66.
WPIAL releases winter sports alignment for next 2-year cycle
February 19, 2018
With six classifications, it's almost impossible to keep all the sections similarly sized and still create geographically friendly sections. andquot;It's awful, it's terrible,andquot; WPIAL executive

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Gateway's Tui Faumuina-Brown sacks Penn-Trafford quarterback Cam Laffoon during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL sets football playoff format, schedules 4 finals at Heinz Field
The WPIAL created a good-news, bad-news scenario for its Class A football teams. The good news: The finalists from the smallest classification will play their

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Belle Vernon players celebrate with the championship trophy after defeating Yough in the WPIAL Class 4A softball final Thursday, June 1 2017, at California University.
WPIAL seeks new championship sites for softball, cross country
The WPIAL is searching for new venues to host its softball and cross country championships. California University of Pennsylvania has renovations planned for its softball

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No holiday for Class 3A boys basketball teams in Monday’s 3 games to watch
February 18, 2018
The WPIAL basketball playoffs almost take the day off Monday as students and teachers celebrate Presidents Day. But there is a four-game schedule from the

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Bishop Canevin hires former Ambridge AD Randy Cosgrove
Bishop Canevin recently hired Randy Cosgrove as athletic director, reuniting the former Ambridge administrator with high school sports. andquot;I really wanted to get back into

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Pine-Richland rallies to take down Bethel Park in 1st round
Two-time defending WPIAL champion Pine-Richland was about 6 minutes away from an early exit. The reigning champ was andquot;staggered,andquot; Bethel Park coach Josh Bears said,

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North Allegheny’s Ayden Owens celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Boy's Class AAA 300 meter hurdles at the PIAA track and field individual championships at Shippensburg University on Saturday, May 27, 2017.
NA’s Owens runs nation’s 2nd-fastest hurdles time at TSTCA championship
North Allegheny senior Ayden Owens won three titles and recorded the season's second-fastest 60-meter hurdle title time in the country Saturday at the Tri-State Track

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WPIAL’s five-year probation is ‘ridiculous’ and ‘setting you up for failure,’ says Monessen superint…
February 14, 2018
Students currently in elementary school shouldn't be punished for a high school basketball brawl, said Monessen Superintendent Leanne Spazak, who wants the WPIAL-imposed five-year probation

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Armstrong coach shocked when WPIAL omits team from basketball brackets
Nobody was more surprised to see the WPIAL playoff brackets than Armstrong boys basketball coach Greg Hutcherson. When the Class 5A bracket was revealed Tuesday

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Breaking down the 2018 WPIAL boys basketball playoffs
February 13, 2018
Here's a breakdown of the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs: CLASS 6A Favorite: Led by Antonio Garofoli (17 ppg), Mt. Lebanon shoots 3-pointers by the dozen.

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Mt. Lebanon boys earn top seed in Class 6A as WPIAL playoff pairings are released
If the WPIAL ran the Class 6A boys basketball tournament five times, it might crown five different champions. That's the opinion of Mt. Lebanon coach

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WPIAL puts Clairton, Monessen athletics on unprecedented 5-year probation
February 12, 2018
The Clairton and Monessen boys basketball teams are allowed to participate in the playoffs this season, but the WPIAL levied player suspensions and an unprecedented

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Sewickley Academy, OLSH trade spots in boys basketball state rankings
The Sewickley Academy and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart boys basketball teams switched spots in the Class 2A state rankings this week, with Sewickley

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Favorites clear for WPIAL girls basketball playoffs but other seeds debatable
The WPIAL playoff brackets won't be revealed until Tuesday night's pairings meeting, but the No. 1 seeds in girls basketball shouldn't be much of a

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Who draws the No. 1 seed: Central Catholic, Mt. Lebanon or Woodland Hills?
The WPIAL basketball steering committee, a 15-person panel chaired by Hampton athletic director Bill Cardone, will gather Monday to seed playoff brackets. The committee members

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Chartiers-Houston’s Williamson third WPIAL scorer to reach 2,000 this season
February 11, 2018
For the third time this season, a WPIAL basketball player joined the 2,000-points club. Chartiers-Houston senior Alexa Williamson accomplished the career milestone this week, joining

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Class 6A football coaches have mixed opinions on playoff possibilities
February 10, 2018
If the WPIAL lets eight out of nine teams into the Class 6A football playoffs, then the regular season should come with a caveat. andquot;The

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High school basketball rankings for week of Feb. 11
rankings Basketball Boys Class 6A Rank, school, record, previous 1. Mt. Lebanon, 19-3, 3 2. Woodland Hills, 19-3, — 3. Fox Chapel, 17-4, 5 4.

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Sewickley Academy's Isiah Warfield celebrates as time expires in a 66-61 win over OLSH Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at Sewickley Academy.
No. 2 Sewickley Academy boys avenge loss to No. 1 OLSH
Sewickley Academy's Isiah Warfield felt like his jump shot was maybe a little off Friday night, but from roughly 15 feet he couldn't miss. The

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Central Catholic names Alumni Hall court after longtime coach Crummie
February 9, 2018
Central Catholic surprised longtime boys basketball coach Chuck Crummie by naming the Alumni Hall court for him Friday night. Crummie has coached the team for

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A brawl broke out between the Monessen and Clairton boys basketball teams during their game Feb. 6, 2018, at Clairton.
Clairton to allow only families, guardians at Friday’s game
Only the parents and guardians of players will be allowed to attend Friday night's boys basketball game at Clairton, the school's administration announced in response

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OLSH-Sewickley Academy rematch part of 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
Two points separated Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Sewickley Academy when the boys basketball teams met last month. OLSH won 70-68, breaking their

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23 WPIAL football players chosen for East-West game
February 7, 2018
One more time, Pine-Richland football coach Eric Kasperowicz, running back Jordan Crawford and wideout Raymond Falcone will try to win together in Altoona. Crawford and

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The WPIAL’s top 10 football prospects for the Class of 2019
1. Andrew Kristofic Pine-Richland 6-6, 260, offensive line Kristofic's status took another giant leap Feb. 1 when Clemson offered him a scholarship, adding to a

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WPIAL seeks response from Clairton, Monessen after brawl
The boys basketball brawl between Clairton and Monessen was andquot;awful,andquot; said WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley, who requested immediate written reports from each school's administration.

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A quieter signing day part of 3 things to watch Wednesday in WPIAL athletics
It's signing day. This, the first Wednesday in February, is traditionally the date high school football recruits sign their letters of intent and fax them

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Woodland Hills captures at least share of section title
Woodland Hills' Amante Britt, the school's all-time leading scorer, was one whistle away from fouling out of his final home game. With about 3 minutes

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Winning streak carries Washington into boys state basketball rankings
February 5, 2018
A 10-game winning streak earned Washington a spot in the state boys basketball rankings this week. Washington is No. 10 in Class 3A according to

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Blackhawk girls’ attempt to avenge lone loss among 3 things to watch Monday in WPIAL athletics
Could the Central Valley girls basketball team hand Blackhawk a second loss So far, the Beaver County rival is the only team this season to

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Eagles’ trick play? Pine-Richland pulled it off three years earlier
Super Bowl LII stirred memories for some WPIAL football coaches, fans and former players. The Philadelphia Eagles ran a trick play for a touchdown Sunday

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Montour’s Brayden Jones commits to Robert Morris
February 3, 2018
Montour senior Brayden Jones, an all-conference running back and linebacker, announced his commitment Friday to Robert Morris. Jones (6-1, 215) led Montour with 675 rushing

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Moon basketball uses ‘run the football’ strategy to defeat No. 1 Mars
With a slim lead and only a few minutes left, Moon's boys basketball team embraced a Super Bowl-worthy strategy. andquot;We wanted to run the football

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Boys basketball playoffs seeding in play as part of 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
February 1, 2018
Only 11 days remain in the regular season for WPIAL boys basketball teams, with playoff brackets scheduled to be announced Feb. 13. But there's still

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Harlan on recruiting: Early-signing period takes buzz away from signing day
This week is traditionally a busy time for college football assistants who hurry to as many high schools as possible before signing day arrives on

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Gateway quarterback Brady Walker is sacked by Archbishop Wood's Joe Wade during the first quarter of the PIAA Class 5A state championship game Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Gateway’s Brady Walker, second among all-time WPIAL passers, commits to West Virginia Wesleyan
January 31, 2018
Gateway quarterback Brady Walker, the second-leading passer in WPIAL history, announced his commitment Tuesday to West Virginia Wesleyan. The Buckhannon, W.Va., school competes in the

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The Daily 3: Your Guide to the WPIAL
WPIAL team wrestling tournaments among 3 things to watch Wednesday in WPIAL athletics
Thirty-one wrestling teams enter Wednesday with a chance to win a WPIAL team title. By the end of the day, that number will be down

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Pine-Richland's Kenny White battles Central Catholic's Brandon Boyce for a loose ball during their game Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in Oakland.
Pine-Richland boys get section win over Central Catholic
With about two weeks left on the schedule, Pine-Richland coach Jeff Ackermann finally started the lineup he had expected to use all season. The Rams'

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Gateway's Courtney Jackson catches a touchdown pass next to Penn-Trafford's Caleb Lisbon during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL releases football schedules, revives Mt. Lebanon-Upper St. Clair rivalry
January 30, 2018
Six-class expansion broke up many WPIAL football rivalries, but Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair will revive theirs this season. The WPIAL on Tuesday released

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Canon-Mac's Andrew Engel pulls down a rebound in front of Mt. Lebanon's Hayden Mitchell during their game Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2017, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Allderdice, Canon-McMillan, Jeannette enter PIAA boys basketball rankings
January 29, 2018
A day after rising to No. 1 in the Trib's WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball rankings, Canon-McMillan earned a spot in the City of Basketball

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Butler's Luke Patten (rt) blocks the shot of Pine-Richland's Andrew Kristofic Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 at Pine-Richland High School.
Pine-Richland basketball welcomes back Andrew Kristofic in time for the WPIAL playoffs
Andrew Kristofic didn't need a basket or even a rebound to draw a warm cheer from Pine-Richland's home crowd. All he needed was to stand

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Preliminary matches in WPIAL team wrestling tournament among 3 things to watch Monday in WPIAL athletics
The WPIAL team wrestling tournament starts Monday at Franklin Regional with four preliminary round matches in Class AAA. Most qualifiers must wait until Wednesday when

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Knoch's Jordan Geist competes in the boys Class AAA shot put at the PIAA track and field individual championships at Shippensburg University on Friday, May 26, 2017. Geist won the gold medal in the event with a throw of 71-4.5.
WPIAL, PIAA record-holder Jordan Geist sets NCAA freshman shot put mark
January 28, 2018
Former WPIAL phenom Jordan Geist, now a freshman at Arizona, broke the university's shot put record Saturday and established a new NCAA record for freshmen.

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Butler's Ethan Morton Pine-Richland's Dan Petcash and Andrew Krisofic (23) Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 at Pine-Richland High School.
Butler boys top Pine-Richland thanks to Morton’s buzzer-beater
January 27, 2018
As Ethan Morton's final shot fell through the net, a buzzer-beater from beyond the arc, Butler's student section flooded the floor. The star sophomore said

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Mt. Lebanon's Aidan Cain stiff-arms Hempfield's Austin Gockel during the second half Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Mt. Lebanon wideout Aidan Cain commits to William & Mary
When college recruiters visited Mt. Lebanon, football coach Mike Melnyk told them to keep their eyes on little-known Aidan Cain. The wideout had Division 1

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Moon's Jarrod Simmons blocks Hampton's Antonio Ionadi during the WPIAL Class 5A boys' basketball championship Friday, March 3, 2017, at the Petersen Events Center.
PIAA fixes basketball playoff quirk that forces first-round rematches
January 26, 2018
The state basketball tournament is typically a time for facing unfamiliar opponents from across Pennsylvania. But when Moon's boys team won a WPIAL title last

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Butler asks new coach Christy to bolster football roster
Butler removed the interim label from coach Eric Christy's job title. The Golden Tornado formally promoted Christy, who started last season as the team's offensive

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Moon's Delaney Snyder celebrates after her team won the PIAA Class 3A girls soccer title Nov. 18, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
MaxPreps to honor state champion Moon girls soccer team
The MaxPreps Tournament of Champions will visit Moon on Friday night to honor the school's state champion girls soccer team. The Tigers will receive the

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Boys basketball sections take shape with 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
January 25, 2018
Only three Friday nights remain in the boys basketball regular season and this week's section slate features a few key rematches that will shape title

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Archbishop Wood's Adrian Lambert runs over Gateway's Brendan Majocha during the third quarter of the PIAA Class 5A state championship game Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
PIAA puts Philadelphia football powers in WPIAL champions’ paths to Hershey
The road to Hershey will run directly through Philadelphia for WPIAL Class 6A and 5A football teams. The WPIAL and District 12, which contains Philadelphia's

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Canon-Mac's Tommy Samosky (30) and Jason Fowlkes celebrate after defeating Mt. Lebanon, 69-64, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2017, at Canon-McMillan High School.
No. 5 Canon-McMillan boys hone in on section title after toppling No. 1 Mt. Lebanon
January 24, 2018
Tucked away in the Canon-McMillan coaches office was an old blue-and-gold banner that commemorated the boys basketball team's one and only section title, won by

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The Daily 3: Your Guide to the WPIAL
Section wrestling tournaments among 3 things to watch Wednesday in WPIAL athletics
The section wrestling tournaments arrive Wednesday night with matches at seven host sites and 28 teams vying for the titles. First-round matches start at 6

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: Stefen Wisniewski #61 of the Philadelphia Eagles jumps into the stands after a third quarter touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Big 33 Football Classic alums to compete in Super Bowl for 52nd straight year
January 22, 2018
For the 52nd year in a row, the Big 33 Football Classic and the Super Bowl remain linked. Every Super Bowl matchup has included at

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Quaker Valley's Danny Conlan scores past Ambridge's Tay Lindsey during their game Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Leetsdale.
Quaker Valley, OLSH rise to second in state boys basketball rankings
No WPIAL boys basketball teams are ranked first in the state, but Quaker Valley and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart each jumped to second

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Peters Township, Bethel Park rematch of 1-point game among 3 things to watch Monday in WPIAL athletics
January 21, 2018
One point separated Peters Township and Bethel Park when the girls basketball teams played late last month. Makenna Marissa's three-point play with 30 seconds left

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Former Woodland Hills RB Jo-El Shaw picks Kent State
January 20, 2018
Former Woodland Hills running back Jo-El Shaw, who played two seasons at Lackawanna College, announced Saturday he's transferring to Kent State. Shaw rushed for 848

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Gateway's Courtney Jackson catches a touchdown pass next to Penn-Trafford's Caleb Lisbon during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
Harlan on recruiting: Toledo coaches impressed by WPIAL athletes
January 19, 2018
Within a six-minute span early this week, Woodland Hills junior Mike Coleman and Gateway teammates Courtney Jackson and Jeremiah Josephs announced scholarship offers from Toledo

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Mars' Michael Carmody drives into Moon's Brady Sunday during their game Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2017, at Mars Area High School in Adams.
Mars’ Michael Carmody making a name for himself in football, basketball
Michael Carmody is known as Robby's little brother, but the Mars sophomore is anything but little. And football coaches have noticed. Carmody, who's 6-foot-6 and

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Boys basketball section rematches are part of 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
January 18, 2018
A number of boys basketball sections have reached the season's midway point, so it's time battle everybody again. Among Friday night's games is a section

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Jeannette's Seth Howard (8) stiff arms Imani Christian's Rahmon Hart Jr. (11) but fumbles the ball during the WPIAL 1A Championship on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
WPIAL won’t force teams to play Week Zero games
Week Zero remains optional. The WPIAL will not schedule football games for that flex week, letting schools once again decide whether to play a second

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Penn Hills High School
Penn Hills used ineligible wrestler
January 17, 2018
Penn Hills let a student from Serra Catholic wrestle several matches this season for its team despite not being enrolled in the district, WPIAL executive

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Section wrestling finales among 3 things to watch Wednesday in WPIAL athletics
Wednesday marks the final night of section matches on the WPIAL wrestling schedule, and several head-to-head contests will decide sub-section winners. Among them, in Class

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Quaker Valley's Coletrane Washington drives between Ambridge's De'Marri Jones (5) and Monterey Carpenter during their game Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Leetsdale.
Top-ranked Quaker Valley gets defensive to defeat No. 2 Ambridge
With Drexel recruit Coletrane Washington in the lineup, Quaker Valley can score with anybody in the WPIAL, so a 23-point quarter isn't all that unusual.

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Penn-Trafford's Caleb Lisbon (10) is tripped up by Upper St. Clair's Matt Kissinger (20) but not before scoring a touchdown during a WPIAL playoff game on Friday Nov. 10, 2017 at West Mifflin.
Geography helps shape Class 5A as WPIAL releases new football conference alignment
January 16, 2018
The WPIAL strives for short road trips, so the football committee used color-coded maps and mileage charts to divide its 120 teams into conferences for

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Pine-Richland's Raymond Falcone catches a pass in front of St. Joseph's Prep's Devon Dickerson during the second quarter of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
WPIAL announces alignment for fall sports, some spring sports
January 15, 2018
The WPIAL today released section and conference alignments for the next two years for fall sports and some spring sports. Here's a look at where

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WPIAL to reveal section alignments for next two seasons as part of 3 things to watch Monday
Coaches may take games one at a time, but the WPIAL takes years two at a time. So, at Monday afternoon's board of directors meeting,

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Penn Hills' Daivon Stephens drives past Woodland Hills' Olson Nicholson during their game Friday, Jan. 12, 2017, at Penn Hills High School.
No. 2 Penn Hills boys edge Woodland Hills in Setion 3-6A showdown
January 13, 2018
With 52 seconds left, Penn Hills' double-digit lead was down to three and its leading scorer was on the bench with five fouls. But Woodland

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Winchester Thurston's girls basketball team takes a knee during the national anthem played before their game against Aquinas Academy on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.
Winchester Thurston girls basketball players take a knee during national anthem
January 12, 2018
As her Winchester Thurston basketball teammates stood at the foul line facing the American flag, senior Ayanna Townsend borrowed the announcer's microphone. andquot;This year our

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Quaker Valley's Andrew Seymour returns an interception for a touchdown during the second quarter the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Middletown Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
What could WPIAL football conferences look like next season?
The wait is almost over. The WPIAL football committee met Thursday to decide the conferences for the next two seasons, leaving coaches, players and fans

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Pine-Richland's Jordan Crawford carries the PIAA Class 6A championship trophy to the fans with Phil Jurkovec, after the Rams defeated St. Joseph's Prep, 41-21, in the state final Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Pine-Richland football team to be honored
January 11, 2018
The MaxPreps Tour of Champions was visit Pine-Richland on Friday night to honor the Rams' state championship football team, but a pending winter storm has

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Winchester Thurston's Ayanna Townsend (22) looks to pass as she is defended by St. Joseph's Nevaeh Ewine (14) during their game on Thurs. Dec. 21, 2017 at St. Joseph. Winchester Thurston won 62-47.
Winchester Thurston girls basketball team plans to take a knee during national anthem tonight
When Winchester Thurston's girls basketball team suggested kneeling during the national anthem, coach Monica Williams insisted it couldn't be a meaningless gesture. andquot;I told them

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Robby Carmody scores 27, No. 1 Mars holds off No. 2 Moon
January 10, 2018
Mars' Robby Carmody dominated the first two minutes and the final 30 seconds Tuesday night. The Planets' star senior finished with 27 points, including the

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Peters Township, Mt. Lebanon wrestling look to lock up sub-section title as part of 3 things to watch Wednesday in WPIAL athl…
January 9, 2018
First place is up for grabs Wednesday in Class AAA, Section 2B. Peters Township will host Mt. Lebanon at 7:30 p.m., with the winner likely

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Bishop Canevin football coach Schoppe resigns
January 8, 2018
When Darren Schoppe became a football coach, he told himself he should give back as much time as he received as a player. andquot;I passed

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Girls basketball showdown between TJ-Oakland Catholic part of 3 things to watch Monday in WPIAL athletics
January 7, 2018
Who's the best team in WPIAL Class 5A girls basketball So far, it's proven to be the WPIAL's deepest classification with upwards of a dozen

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High school basketball rankings for week of Jan. 7, 2018
rankings Boys basketball Class 6A 1. Mt. Lebanon *9-1 1 2. Penn Hills 12-0 2 3. Woodland Hills 9-1 5 4. Pine-Richland 7-3 3 5. Butler 10-1 4 Out: none Class 5A 1. Mars 7-2 1 2.

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Mt. Lebanon boys earn section victory over shorthanded Connellsville
January 6, 2018
Mt. Lebanon arrived Friday ready to battle Connellsville's Seth Younkin, a 6-foot-6 forward who leads his team in points and rebounds. But the senior injured

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PSFCA announces coaching staffs for Big 33, East-West all-star games
January 5, 2018
New Castle football coach Joe Cowart and Western Beaver athletic director Ryan Matsook, who formerly coached Beaver Falls, were named Friday as assistants on Pennsylvania's

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Harlan on recruiting: Spring visits to benefit junior prospects
The NCAA decision to let juniors take official visits seems like a andquot;no-brainer,andquot; Pine-Richland football coach Eric Kasperowicz said. andquot;I know when I did it,

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With Bob Palko nearing retirement, West Allegheny eyes succession plan
January 4, 2018
West Allegheny is hiring a new football coach, but Bob Palko isn't leaving quite yet. Palko, who has won more WPIAL football titles than any

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Despite postponement, key boys basketball games among 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
Friday will be frigid. The weather forecasts predict single-digit temperatures throughout the day with a low near 1 degree. As a result, many high school

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McKeesport running back Acie commits to Navy
McKeesport running back Carlinos Acie announced his commitment to Navy football on Thursday, making him the second senior from the Tigers backfield headed to a

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Quaker Valley head coach Jerry Veshio smiles as time winds down in the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Middletown Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Steelers nominate Quaker Valley’s Veshio for Don Shula NFL Coach of the Year Award
The NFL added another honor to Jerry Veshio's remarkable year as Quaker Valley's football coach. Veshio was among the 32 high school coaches announced Thursday

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Three top-ranked teams to compete at Mt. Lebanon
January 3, 2018
Three top-ranked WPIAL basketball teams will share a gym Saturday when Mt. Lebanon hosts andquot;The Challenge.andquot; The 10-team event features the top-ranked Mt. Lebanon boys

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Bethel Park boys hold off Upper St. Clair rally in Section 2-6A clash
After a gritty 26-point effort, Bethel Park senior Justin Meis still surmised that he's probably not the best basketball player on the team or even

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Mars Area’s Robby Carmody (24) shoots against Neumann-Goretti during the PIAA Class AAA boys basketball championship on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Neumann-Goretti won 99-66.
Key Section 2-5A boys hoops matchups among 3 things to watch for Wednesday in WPIAL athletics
January 2, 2018
One of the WPIAL's deepest boys basketball sections will start to take shape Wednesday night when Chartiers Valley visits Moon and West Allegheny visits Mars.

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Pine-Richland's Jordan Crawford carries the PIAA Class 6A championship trophy to the fans with Phil Jurkovec, after the Rams defeated St. Joseph's Prep, 41-21, in the state final Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Performance of Pine-Richland, Phil Jurkovec among WPIAL’s top high school sports stories from 2017
December 31, 2017
This was a year of milestones in Western Pennsylvania sports including the birth of a new high school sports network. The TribLive High School Sports

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Pine-Richland's Sebastian Kosanovich is fouled by Butler's Tarik Taoufik during their game Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at Butler High School. Pine-Richland won, 80-64.
High school basketball rankings for week of Dec. 24, 2017
December 26, 2017
rankings Boys basketball Class 6A 1. Mt. Lebanon 6-0 2 2. Pine-Richland 5-1 4 3. Woodland Hills 6-0 5 4. Penn Hills 8-0 — 5. Butler 6-1 1 Out: Fox Chapel (4-2, 3) Class 5A

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Phil Jurkovec makes quick impact as Pine-Richland boys drop No. 1 Butler
December 23, 2017
Phil Jurkovec admits he's not in midseason form, but neither is his team. Two weeks removed from winning a state football title, the Pine-Richland senior

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The 2017 North Allegheny girls volleyball team
North Allegheny volleyball team recognized for championship season
December 21, 2017
The North Allegheny girls volleyball team was honored Thursday for finishing its fall season ranked No. 27 in MaxPreps' national rankings. At an afternoon assembly,

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Pine-Richland’s Phil Jurkovec among WPIAL football recruits who signed early
December 20, 2017
The WPIAL's top football recruits took advantage of the new early-signing period Wednesday and inked their National Letters of Intent, including Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec

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Early-signing period offers unique opportunity for recruits
As a high school senior, Bill Cherpak took a Christmas ski vacation to Colorado while deciding where he'd play college football. There in the snow-capped

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Steel Valley's Amonte Strothers
Steel Valley’s Strothers commits to Delaware
December 19, 2017
Steel Valley cornerback Amonte Strothers, who didn't take up football until his junior season, announced Tuesday his commitment to Delaware. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound senior listed

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Gateway's Brady Walker (left) and Canaan Cleveland accept the PIAA Class 5A runner-up trophy after a 49-14 loss to Archbishop Wood in the state championship game Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Gateway’s Walker named state’s Class 5A Player of the Year
Gateway quarterback Brady Walker, who passed for 4,657 yards and 45 touchdowns this season, was named Tuesday at the state's Class 5A Player of the

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Quaker Valley's Ricky Guss carries for a first down past Middletown'sGage Radabaugh during the second quarter the PIAA Class 3A state championship game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Quaker Valley’s Ricky Guss named Pennsylvania’s Class 3A player of the year
Quaker Valley coach Jerry Veshio and quarterback Ricky Guss, who led the Quakers to a PIAA football championship this month, were named Tuesday as the

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Jeannette's Robert Kennedy celebrates his second touchdown during the second quarter of the PIAA Class A state championship game against Homer-Center Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Jeannette’s Robert Kennedy named Pennsylvania’s Class A football player of the year
Jeannette senior Robert Kennedy, who led the Jayhawks to a PIAA football title, was named Tuesday as the state's Class A co-player of the year.

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Norwin's Jake Smetak reaches out for Bethel Park's Tanner Volpatti Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at Black Hawk Stadium.
WPIAL football conferences to have new look in Class 6A, 5A
December 18, 2017
There will be three Class 5A conferences in WPIAL football next season but just one in 6A. That we now know. How many teams from

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Thomas Jefferson's Justin Vigna stiff-arms Belle Vernon Area's Jake Fine in the third quarter during WPIAL 4A semifinals at Baldwin High School.
Thomas Jefferson, South Fayette land 2 all-state selections apiece in Class 4A
Thomas Jefferson and South Fayette each had two football players selected for the Class 4A all-state team announced Monday. In all, Pennsylvania sports writers voted

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Washington's Isaiah Schoonmaker carries past Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Cameron Branch during the third quarter of their WPIAL Class AA semifinal Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at Moon Area High School.
Washington High teammates among Class 2A all-state selections
Washington teammates Isaiah Schoonmaker and Nick Welsh were among five WPIAL football players selected for the Class 2A all-state team announced Monday. The two Prexies,

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Franklin Regional's Nick Leopold battles Norwin's Jeff Boyd for a loose ball during their game Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at Franklin Regional High School.
High school boys, girls basketball rankings for week of Dec. 17, 2017
December 16, 2017
rankings Basketball Boys Class 6A 1. Butler 5-0 2 2. Mt. Lebanon 4-0 4 3. Fox Chapel 4-0 3 4. Pine-Richland 3-1 1 5. Woodland Hills 4-0 5 Out: none Class 5A 1. Mars 4-0 1 2.

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Franklin Regional's Isabel Palamone battles Mars' Tai Johnson for a loose ball during their game Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, in Murrysville.
Mars’ Johnson commits to Bucknell
December 13, 2017
The highly ranked Mars girls basketball team has a second Division I commit. Mars junior Tai Johnson, a 5-foot-7 guard, announced her commitment Wednesday to

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Central Catholic’s Trautman commits to Dayton
Central Catholic lineman Josh Trautman announced his commitment Wednesday to Dayton, an FCS program that already has seven former WPIAL players on its roster. The

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Pine-Richland coach Eric Kasperowicz celebrates with Kenny White after a first quarter fumble recovery against Wayne Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Pine.
Pine-Richland coach Kasperowicz named finalist for national award
Pine-Richland's Eric Kasperowicz was one of six high school football coaches named Wednesday as finalists for a national award. Kasperowicz and St. Joseph's Prep coach

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec carries for a touchdown past St. Joseph's Prep's Jake Feehery (50) and Devon Dickerson during the second quarter of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
WPIAL players selected to 2017 Trib 25 football all-star team
Here's a look at the 2017 Trib 25 football all-star team: T.J. Banks East Allegheny, WR/TE/DL Senior, 6-5, 240 The West Virginia recruit had 48

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Gateway's Derrick Davis catches a pass during the second quarter of the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Archbishop Wood Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Penn State offers scholarship to Gateway freshman Derrick Davis
December 12, 2017
Fresh off his appearance in the state football finals, Gateway freshman Derrick Davis added a scholarship offer Tuesday from Penn State. Davis received his offer

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Aliquippa's Kwantel Raines catches a pass during the Quips' workout on Aug. 11, 2017.
Aliquippa Raines plans to sign early with West Virginia
December 11, 2017
Aliquippa's Kwantel Raines, one of the WPIAL's top football recruits, announced Monday that he will take advantage of the new early signing period that starts

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Central Catholic's Khalil Weathers (19) rushes the ball downfield during Central Catholic's game against North Allegheny at North Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
Central Catholic’s Weathers commits to Penn
Central Catholic senior Khalil Weathers, who drew more than two dozen college football offers, announced his commitment Sunday to Penn. The 6-foot, 190-pound cornerback had

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Gateway's Brady Walker (left) and Canaan Cleveland accept the PIAA Class 5A runner-up trophy after a 49-14 loss to Archbishop Wood in the state championship game Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Gateway’s Walker, Pine-Richland’s Jurkovec, South Fayette’s Saxton finish among WPIAL’s all-time passers
In WPIAL football history only record-holder Brett Brumbaugh of South Fayette passed for more yards than Gateway's Brady Walker. The Gators senior quarterback finished his

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Pine-Richland's Anthony Cerminara sacks Manheim Township quarterback Luke Emge during the fourth quarter of their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Several WPIAL players displayed elite performances at the PIAA football finals
Here's a look at some of the top performances by WPIAL players at the PIAA football championships Thursday-Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium. Anthony Cerminara Pine-Richland The

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec scores past St. Joseph's Prep's Dawson DeIulis during the third quarter of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec named Pennsylvania player of the year
Two days after Phil Jurkovec led Pine-Richland to a PIAA championship, Gatorade named the Notre Dame-bound quarterback as the state's player of the year. The

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Pine-Richland's Jordan Crawford hoists the PIAA Class 6A championship trophy with teammates after the Rams defeated St. Joseph's Prep, 41-21, in the state final Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Phil Jurkovec leads Pine-Richland past St. Joseph’s Prep to win PIAA Class 6A title
December 9, 2017
HERSHEY — Hersheypark Stadium has witnessed championship performances from some of the state's best high school quarterbacks, a list of names that now surely includes

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Pine-Richland's Jordan Crawford carries past St. Joseph's Prep's Rayshad Wallace during the second quarter of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
LIVE: Pine-Richland vs. St. Joseph’s Prep in PIAA Class 6A title game
Pine-Richland faces St. Joseph's Prep in the PIAA Class 6A football championship game at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey. Here is the latest:

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Quaker Valley senior Joe Peduzzi bring the PIAA Class 3A championship trophy to the student section after the Quakers defeated Middletown, 41-24, in the state final Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Quaker Valley’s improbable story capped with 1st PIAA football title
If there's a screenwriter available, Jerry Veshio has a story to tell. The plot is almost unbelievable: A high school football team's coach quits 18

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Archbishop Wood's Nasir Peoples carries through the Gateway defense during the first quarter of the PIAA Class 5A state championship game Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Archbishop Wood downs Gateway in PIAA Class 5A championship game
December 8, 2017
HERSHEY — The liveliest Gators celebration at Hersheypark Stadium was an end zone chomp by Archbishop Wood's Kyle Pitts, a Florida recruit. The Gateway Gators

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Pine-Richland's Kenny White eludes Manheim Township's Brett Benjamin during the second quarter of their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
At long last, Pine-Richland gets PIAA finals rematch with St. Joseph’s Prep
After each win this season, Pine-Richland's players gathered in a circle around coach Eric Kasperowicz and then broke the huddle by shouting the name of

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Aliquippa's MJ Devonshire Jr. rushes downfield during their game against Quaker Valley in Leetsdale on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.
With enrollment figures set, WPIAL committees face task of slotting teams for next 2 years
December 7, 2017
Next season's classifications are set for WPIAL football teams, so now it's on to the conferences. The PIAA finalized its classifications for the 2018-19 and

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McKeesport's Layton Jordan gets tackled by Gateway defensive players when Gateway hosted Mckeesport, Friday, October 20, 2017.
WPIAL Class 5A to get more crowded for football as PIAA ‘play up’ deadline arrives
December 6, 2017
In WPIAL football, there's suddenly a crowd in Class 5A. High school sports teams around the state had until Wednesday to decide whether to accept

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec carries for a touchdown past Manheim Township's Sam Emge during the third quarter of their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Phil Jurkovec fights through sickness, helps Pine-Richland reach PIAA Class 6A title game
December 2, 2017
ALTOONA — When Phil Jurkovec arrived Saturday in Altoona, the quarterback hadn't eaten much in days and felt weak from an illness that hit Pine-Richland's

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Gateway quarterback Brady Walker (18) avoids the rush by Manheim Central’s Garret Fittery (43) during second half action of a PIAA Class 5A semifinal football game at Mansion Park in Altoona, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.
Freshman kicker Jenkins boots game-winner as Gateway tops Manheim Central in PIAA Class 5A semifinals
ALTOONA — At 5-foot-2 and 105 pounds, Gateway kicker Jayson Jenkins may be small in stature, but his confidence is huge. andquot;Routineandquot; was the word

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